Sustaining Political Commitments to Scaling Up NutritionJune 10, 2013BREAKOUT GROUPSOn Monday June 10thfrom 3:15-5:00 PM participants will have the opportunity to participate in one ofthe four Breakout Groups described below. These will be interactive discussions intended to generaterecommendations on a designated topic for the next 1000 days. Recommendations will be included ina Civil Society statement for collective use for advocacy. Results from discussions from across thebreakout groups also will be compiled into an event report summary that participants may use foradvocacy and planning. In order to balance out participation across groups, please select your top twochoices by June 4thand you will be notified by e-mail which Breakout Group to participate in duringthe afternoon of June 10th.1. Capacity DevelopmentCapacity development has been identified as a need and challenge in SUN countries. The sustainabilityof efforts to scale up nutrition interventions and programming will require increased in-country capacityat multiple levels and across sectors. This breakout session will (1) provide a brief background onchallenges and capacity development needs in SUN countries, (2) discuss what donor support and civilsociety investments are needed to strengthen human capacity for scaling up nutrition across sectors,particularly in light of the existing national nutrition strategies, (3) develop some consensus aroundshort and longer-term capacity development strategies for SUN countries, and (4) promote/facilitate aninterest group to develop country-level progress around capacity development. This session will includea short presentation providing an overview of capacity development issues and objectives for thesession. Those with expertise in capacity building then will be invited to speak about tools they havedeveloped on workforce profiles and human resource management. There will be an opportunity fordiscussion and time in small groups to arrive at practical recommendations for action. Facilitators: &Manisha Tharaney, SPRING & Paul Amuna, African Nutrition Society, University of Greenwich;Rapporteur: Anu Narayan, SPRING How well equipped is the nutrition workforce in countries to accomplish stated goals? What is the current level of partnership working within the international NGO community andother sectors to build capacity for SUN (at country level)? What can practically be achieved in the next 1000 days? What is the longer-term vision?2. Best practices – Nutrition-Specific InterventionsThis breakout group will provide an opportunity to learn about the challenges and successes of scalingup nutrition-specific interventions at the country level. We will explore best practices and innovativeapproaches to improving nutrition at scale including examples of effective social and behavior changecommunication and cross-sector collaboration. The session will begin with a short panel discussion withexperts in the field including one programmatic expert who works on nutrition at scale globally and twoSUN country representatives who can draw lessons learned from their own efforts to scale up nutrition.Discussion will follow based on participants’ experiences and insights. The goal of this session is toidentify a set of recommendations for scaling up nutrition-specific interventions over the next 1000days. Facilitators: Karin Lapping, Save the Children & Francis Zotor, African Nutrition Society;Rapporteur: Megan Deitchler, FANTA III
Which interventions have been able to be scaled up? What barriers remain to effective scale up of the nutrition-specific interventions? How can the role of maternal nutrition be enhanced in the next 1000 days?3. Best Practices – Nutrition-Sensitive DevelopmentThe work of many sectors is important to effectively prevent malnutrition, given its multiple causes.Agriculture, water and sanitation, education, health, social protection, and other sectors all have uniqueand critical roles. This session will discuss how interventions from various sectors can be designed to be‘nutrition sensitive’ through a deliberate planning process, such as ensuring that the nutritionallyvulnerable are included in the intervention area, including nutrition promotion, addressing genderdynamics, ensuring pregnant and lactating women have access to time and resources for proper care ofthemselves and their children. Through lightning presentations, conversation, and small groupdiscussions, this session will explore issues such as (1) how nutrition sensitive approaches are beingplanned and implemented in SUN countries, (2) how interventions can be made nutrition-sensitive, (3)how policy can support various sectors to incentivize actions beneficial for nutrition. The session willgenerate recommendations that build on the experiences of participants and other available evidence.Facilitator: Charlotte Dufour, FAO; Rapporteur: Anna Herforth, Independent Consultant How can interventions in various sectors be made to be nutrition-sensitive? What are some examples from SUN countries where multisectoral nutrition policiesare emerging, and where programming has been designed to be nutrition-sensitive? What is needed to enable multisectoral work for nutrition?4. Civil Society’s Role in Advocacy & Monitoring Progress at National and Global LevelsCountries are expected to put in place their own monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks basedon costed national nutrition plans. In this session, we will look at what the new SUN M&E Frameworkmeans for the SUN Civil Society Network at national level, particularly as it relates to how country levelnetworks and alliances could be interacting with others in support of SUN processes. We will discusswhat type of tracking and monitoring the country level Civil Society Alliances (CSAs) could be doing inorder to ensure that progress is being advocated for and monitored. High-level advocacy for nutritionhas been effective at global and national levels resulting in greater commitments for nutrition. Multipleindices are emerging to assist with global and national-level monitoring of these nutrition commitmentsand subsequent action. This session will include a short presentation on the new SUN M&E frameworkand various tools and processes in use for monitoring progress. There will be small group discussions togenerate recommendations on how to facilitate both monitoring and advocacy at the national level. Wewill identify key barriers and challenges for local civil society and how donors and others can supportthem in M&E and advocacy. We will return to plenary discussion for the last 30 - 40 minutes where allparticipants will be invited to share their views and insights. Facilitators: Connell Foley, ConcernWorldwide & Buba Khan, ActionAid The Gambia; Rapporteur: Lisa Bos, World Vision What are the challenges of monitoring and tracking progress at national level? At global level? How can CSOs effectively monitor progress on SUN costed plans? What kinds of advocacy are most effective in ensuring that plans are effectively implemented in-country?