World Bank Support to Reducing Child Undernutrition

An Independent Evaluation

This evaluation assesses the contribution of the World Bank to improve nutrition in children during 2007-2018 (FY08–FY19).

A woman from Bamako, Mali in a colorful dress sitting on the floor in a rural village kitchen, sharing half of an egg with a child in Bamako, Mali.  Photo credit Shutterstock/ By Riccardo Mayer
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DOI
10.1596/IEG164300

Undernutrition negatively affects the health, physical growth, and cognitive development of children. The consequences last through adulthood and reduce their potential to learn and contribute to society, ultimately affecting human capital accumulation in countries.  

This evaluation assesses the contribution of the World Bank to improve nutrition in children during 2007-2018 (FY08–FY19). It uses evidence at the global, country, and portfolio levels, and seeks to

  • Assess the contribution of the World Bank in improving outcomes related to reducing child undernutrition and improving nutrition determinants, and
  • Inform the design of future nutrition support.


At the global level, the report offers an interactive systematic review map (SRM) that synthesizes existing evidence from the literature on the effectiveness of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions on nutrition outcomes.