ICDS Systems Strenthening and Nutrition Improvement Project (ISSNIP)


In order to improve performance of ICDS program and to strengthen key systems in ICDS, World Bank group assists the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), through a project named ICDS Systems Strengthening and Nutrition Improvement Project (ISSNIP). This is being implemented in 162 districts of 8 selected states. Since 2016, this assistance is converted as a Results Based Financing arrangement with clear Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs). Current phase of this assistance is scheduled till December 2017 and is aimed to strengthen key systems in ICDS that can drive the program to achieve its health and nutrition outcomes.

Program outcomes expected in ICDS are related to maternal child survival, improved Nutrition and better ECD outcomes. For achieving these outcomes, as an outreach intervention program, ICDS is expected to deliver few services and catalyse a number of household level behaviour change components. In order to get front line workers (FLWs) like the AWWs (and ASHAs of health program) to catalyse behaviour change substantial emphasis has to be on building their skills and capacities in a continuous basis. It is also important to provide the FLWs/ AWWs a supportive supervision mechanism that helps to build new capacities, regularly reviews their performance and provides need based support on the ground in the villages. Currently neither the training system in ICDS nor the Supervision system are in a position to meet these requirements to constantly get focus of FLWs on their priority tasks and to support in their day to day functioning.

To address some of the above challenges in ICDS, bringing together its supervision and training systems an innovative approach called Incremental Learning (IL) has been tested over last 5 years and adopted for scale up across 162 districts of 8 states through the ICDS Systems Strengthening and Nutrition Improvement Project (ISSNIP). Incremental Learning Approach (ILA) is being implemented jointly by ICDS and Health in Bihar with support of CARE/ BMGF since 2011, in 8 districts till 2014. Currently in Bihar, along with the 19 ISSNIP districts, 19 non-ISSNIP districts are also implementing ILA (being supported by CARE/BMGF) thus saturating the entire state with joint ILA sessions for AWWs and ASHAs.

Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh