India: Child Nutrition and Girls’ Empowerment
In 2006, Synergos helped create the Bhavishya Alliance – a five-year effort with UNICEF, Indian and international businesses, government agencies, local nonprofit organizations, and others to prototype innovations for child nutrition in both rural and urban settings in the state of Maharashtra.
- More Information
- Bhavishya Alliance: A Partnership for Child Nutrition
- Detailed report of Bhavishya Alliance achievements and learnings (PDF).
- Philanthropy and Giving in India (video, at Dasra Philanthropy Forum)
- IDS/UNICEF paper Maharashtra’s Child Stunting Declines: What is Driving Them?
- POSHAN paper The Bhavishya Alliance: A Multisectoral Initiative to Address Undernutrition in Maharashtra.
- NYU paper Working Towards Female Empowerment in Maharashtra, India
For five years the Bhavishya Alliance’s programs directly improved nutrition as well as raised the ability of girls to be change agents in their families and communities. This unique, multi-stakeholder partnership:
- Contributed to reduction in stunting, the main manifestation of under-nutrition, with researching finding that stunting among children under two in Maharastra fell from 39% to 23% over the approximate time period of the partnership
- Shifted stakeholder engagement practices within partner organizations, making them more capable of cooperating with other organizations and listening to the voices from poor and marginalized communities.
See Bhavishya Alliance: A Partnership for Child Nutrition for details on this fresh way to problem-solve a complex and deeply rooted issue.
Today, Synergos’ focus in India remains child nutrition and girls’ empowerment through an ongoing collaboration with Dasra to increase social investment around these issues.