ISLAMABAD, Feb 11 (APP): The World Bank on Tuesday launched a competitive
Development Marketplace for Nutrition aimed at finding and funding innovative
ideas that will change lives of thousands of pregnant women, infants, and young
children in South Asia.
According to the bank statement issued here on
Wednesday titled “Family and Community Approaches to Improving Infant and Young
Child Nutrition,” the Development Marketplace is looking for entrepreneurial
organizations across South Asia to submit proposals for local,
projects which have the potential to be scaled up and replicated.
will be selected by an international jury of development and nutrition experts
at the Development Marketplace event in August, 2009 in Dhaka, Bangladesh and
will receive funding to implement their proposals.
“Malnutrition affects the lives of millions of infants and young children in
South Asia,” said Isabel Guerrero, World Bank Vice President for the South Asia
“It saps a
child’s growth potential, delays enrollment in school, limits school
achievements, and lowers lifetime earnings.
competition offers a unique opportunity to channel small grants directly to
community organizations and NGOs who present innovative ways to address this
Malnutrition is the single biggest contributor to child mortality in the world.
In no place
is this problem more serious than in South Asia, where child malnutrition rates
are among the highest in the world.
child underweight and stunting rates in the region are nearly double those in
Africa. Pakistan also suffers from high rates of childhood malnutrition with 39%
of children moderately or severely malnourished and has not made significant
progress over the last two decades.
global increase in food prices is affecting Pakistan as well, it poses another
serious threat to the nutrition of young children and women of child‑bearing
age, particularly among the poor
evidence clearly shows that there are proven effective interventions to improve
nutrition,” said Andrea Vermehren, World Bank team leader for the Development
effectively implementing these interventions ‑ and implementing them at scale is
a major challenge. We believe this effort will help find new ways of providing
innovative solutions to malnutrition.”
The South Asia Regional Development Marketplace is
implemented in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische
Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), Micronutrient Initiative, UNICEF, and the World Food
competition is open to civil society groups, social entrepreneurs, youth
organizations, private foundations, academia, and private sector corporations in
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan,
Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
award will be US$40,000 per proposal. Proposals will be accepted until March 31,
eligibility criteria, details on the competition and to submit proposals online,
visit the South Asia Regional Development Marketplace website ‑