Women Improving Nutrition through Group-based Strategies (WINGS)

Women Improving Nutrition through Group-based Strategies (WINGS) is a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded umbrella project in India to be carried out in 2015-2019. WINGS aims to build the evidence base on the pathways through which Self Help Groups (SHGs) can improve nutrition in India.  It will conduct a comprehensive literature review, consolidate methods and metrics, and evaluate the impact of PRADAN’s nutrition-intensification intervention activities. 

The evaluation consists of quantitative panel surveys and process evaluation studies, several experimental studies, and a cost-effectiveness analysis of PRADAN’s SHG models. Specifically, the evaluation will investigate the impact of PRADAN’s nutrition-intensification intervention activities on the nutritional status of women, how participation in PRADAN’s nutrition-intensification activities affect women’s empowerment, and how women’s empowerment mediates impacts on the nutritional status of women, as well as on the diet quality and nutritional status of children under two. WINGS will also develop a learning network on agriculture-nutrition-gender linkages in order to increase interaction and exchange of information among implementers, researchers, donors, and other stakeholders in South Asia.