Monica Jain’s research focuses on a whole gamut of policy-relevant poverty and development issues including health and nutrition, labour, education, and governance. Currently she is working as a Senior Evaluation Specialist at the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). Previously, she worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) where she analysed food security issues, especially those related to dietary quality of children and time use of women, in developing countries around the world. She has also worked for several years at The World Bank in the New Delhi office where she carried out a wide variety of policy-related research and dialogue and facilitated development of poverty and social monitoring systems across different states in India. She also worked on the design and implementation of project for strengthening the statistical system of India. She has also interned at The Brookings Institution where she analysed the role of transparency and accountability in development. She obtained her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Riverside and an M.Phil. and Master’s in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics.
Has the ICDS helped reduce stunting in India?
09 Oct 2015
While stunting has declined sharply in India, the levels remain disturbingly high at 38.7%. This column evaluates the impact of the supplementary feeding component of ICDS – India’s flagship programme for early child development - and finds sizable positive effects on heights of 0-2 year olds. However, these gains are achievable only if the programme is focused on this age group and if food is delivered regularly.
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