Lora Iannotti | Addressing Children’s Undernutrition in Developing Countries


Eggs have the potential to contribute to reduced growth stunting around the world.

Lora Iannotti

Lora Iannotti’s expertise is in maternal and young child nutrition and nutrient deficiencies related to poverty and infectious diseases. She investigates interventions aimed at reducing stunted growth and development. Iannotti leads projects in Haiti, Ecuador, and East Africa where she collaborates with local partners to test innovative, transdisciplinary approaches using animal source foods and small livestock and fisheries development. In Ecuador, Iannotti’s study found that eggs can be more viable nutrition and better intervention for children in developing countries. Eggs significantly increased growth in young children and reduced their stunting by 47 percent.

In Haiti, where she has been doing research for over twenty years, Iannotti teamed up with her Brown School colleague Patricia Kohl on a comprehensive intervention to both improve children’s nutrition and strengthen parenting skills and family life. In this video, Iannotti and her students discuss their work in Haiti. Watch Iannotti talk about her research here. Read more about the E3 Nutrition Lab.Iannotti is its founder and director.

Combating Malnutrition Across Disciplines

Michael Sherraden | Pioneering Asset-Building Research & Policy Worldwide

Assets and the Poor: A New American Welfare Policy

Michael Sherraden is founding director of the Center for Social Development (CSD), known for his pioneering work on asset building for low-income people. In recognition of his contributions to this field, in 2010 TIME magazine named Sherraden one the 100 most influential people in the world. In his groundbreaking 1991 book, Assets and the Poor, he proposed establishing individual development accounts (IDAs) for the poor. Since then, Sherraden’s work on assets has influenced policy developments in the U.S. and around the world. It has led to numerous countries starting child development accounts (CDAs) that help families save for their children.  

Many of Sherraden’s Brown School colleagues are pursuing programs based on the asset-building model. Michal Grinstein-Weiss spearheaded Israel’s creation of a national child savings account program in 2015 and alumna Li-Chen Cheng, PhD ’95, passed a child development account policy in Taiwan in 2018. Watch this video featuring Sheradden or read about recent developments in asset-building policy globally.

Heather Cameron | Empowering Young Women

Heather Cameron

As the Michael B. Kaufman Professor of Practice in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship and founder of Box girls International, Heather Cameron works around the world for girls’ education and rights. She has launched and evaluated sports programs to foster community development in Germany, South Africa, and Kenya. From Berlin’s inner-city neighborhoods to Nairobi, Kenya and Cape Town, South Africa, Boxgirls delivers programs that support young women in developing life skills, self-defense techniques and de-escalation strategies to empower them to become leaders in their schools and communities. 

Watch Cameron’s TEDx talk tracing the origins of Boxgirls . 

Cameron | TEDx

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