Why are we doing this?
Acute malnutrition in the urban context is a complex social challenge. Traditional approaches are not always effective, and globally there is a need to find new ways to tackle this problem. A challenge like this cannot be solved with a “silver bullet” in terms of one technology (e.g. polio vaccine), a new policy (healthcare for all) or even more money (double the budget). It requires a co-ordinated and systemic approach across a range of factors to create change and transformation.
Nesta is developing an acute malnutrition prevention lab in urban Delhi with Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) to do three things:
- To try and find new and innovative ways, and combinations of ways, to tackle acute malnutrition by bringing multi-sector parties together – and to fund those solutions.
- To support a culture of collaboration, innovation and experimentation among the lab participants.
- To work with CIFF on a ‘learning while doing’ model of developing new partnerships for CIFF to fund, and supporting CIFF to come up with new ways of funding innovation.
What are we doing?
Over the seven-month period from February until August 2019, Nesta will be working with CIFF, as well as our partners Vihara in India and Humanonics Studio in Australia, to develop the Acute Malnutrition Prevention Lab. The lab will consist of two workshops/sprints (20-23 May and 24-26 June), with virtual lab support in between.
Lab attendees will include people who work in malnutrition prevention, as well as people from academia, private enterprise, civil society and social innovators to answer the question: “What is the best combination of actors and interventions for a specific location to prevent acute malnutrition?”.
Nesta has worked to support the development of labs across the world, including the new UNDP innovation labs, Laboratorio de Gobierno (Chile), Pulse Lab Jakarta and others to develop labs across the world. Nesta is keen to test and refine our lab methodology and continue to innovate in this space.