The Cabinet Committee
on Economic Affairs has approved the implementation of the International
Development Association (IDA) assisted ICDS Systems Strengthening and
Nutrition Improvement Project (ISSNIP).
i. ISSNIP has been designed to supplement and provide value addition on
the existing ICDS programme, through systems strengthening for better
service delivery, as well as to allow the select States/Districts to
experiment, innovate and conduct pilots of potentially more effective
approaches for ICDS, to achieve early childhood education and nutrition
ii. The additional support through the project, though small in
resources in comparison to the larger ICDS, is catalytic and is an
important dimension of MWCD`s overall efforts to strengthen and
restructure the ICDS programme.
iii. Four major components under the project are: (i) Institutional and
systems strengthening in ICDS (ii) Community mobilization and behaviour
change communication (iii) piloting multi-sectoral nutrition actions,
and (iv) Project Management, Technical Assistance and Monitoring &
The total size of the project is Rs. 2893 crore with 70 percent IDA
share of Rs. 2025 crore (USD$ 450 million) over 7 years. Estimated cost
of phase 1 of the project is about US$ 151.50 million (Rs. 682 crore) of
which US$ 106 million is the IDA share (70 percent). Phase 2 of the
project is currently estimated at Rs. 2211.29 crore, of which IDA share
is 1547.90 crore (US$ 344 million). States will be bearing 10 percent of
the project cost.
The project is proposed to be implemented in 162 districts having higher
proportion of malnourished children in eight States, viz. Bihar,
Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar
Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh along with urban pilots in and around NCR of
Delhi and convergent nutrition actions pilots in some selected districts
in two non-project States viz., Odisha and Uttarakhand.
In the past, the World Bank has supported efforts of Government of India
to improve nutrition in India through several projects till 2005-06,
with an overall investment of about US$712 million. Most of this support
was towards augmenting the Government of lndia resources in
operationalization of ICDS projects and Anganwadi Centres, along with
additional support on quality improvement activities. Evaluation
findings of previous projects found evidence of improved coverage,
service delivery and outcomes relating to project specific indicators.