A Mixed-methods Study
Timor-Leste remains one of the poorest countries in Asia, by all development indicators. Particularly jarring are the indicators around stunting (58% prevalence) and malnutrition of children under five (some of the highest rates in the world). As development professionals, local governments, and the humanitarian sector work towards eliminating childhood malnutrition globally, Timor-Leste provides a strong case study to understand the underlying causes of the condition and point towards sustainable solutions. One such solution focuses specifically on women’s empowerment as a vehicle for improving family nutritional statuses. The attached report offers both a high-level statistical analysis and in-depth inquiry of the relationship between women’s empowerment and childhood malnutrition in Timor-Leste.