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Strengthening Nutrition Governance: Lessons Learned from REACH

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Presenation given by Jessica Fanzo at the Stories of Change symposium, Micronutrient Forum, Cancun 2016
Strengthening Nutrition Governance: Lessons Learned from
REACH
Jessica Fanzo, PhD, Shauna Downs, PhD and the UN REACH Secretariat

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Strengthening Nutrition Governance: Lessons Learned from REACH

  1. 1. Strengthening Nutrition Governance: Lessons Learned from REACH Jessica Fanzo, PhD, Shauna Downs, PhD and the UN REACH Secretariat
  2. 2. … facilitates the multi-sectoral, multi- stakeholder process … REACH: Renewed Efforts Against Child Hunger & Undernutrition Monitor and evaluate Tracks targets, identifies gaps, and promotes accountability Capacity development Human, institutional and organizational capacity Improved governance, coverage and nutritional impact National nutrition policy1 & National nutrition action plan Comprehensive, multi-sectoral, government owned, funded and operational Awareness, leadership and commitment Enabling environment and agenda setting for advocacy Facilitator 1 2 3 4 REACH 2013 In 2008, the heads of FAO, UNICEF, WFP and WHO formed an inter-agency partnership seeking to strengthen nutrition governance
  3. 3. Study Aim & Data Sources Study Aim: To examine progress towards strengthening nutrition governance in eight REACH countries throughout the three year in-country facilitation process and identify lessons learned Data Sources: • REACH baseline (2010/11) and follow-up (2015) governance survey data in 8 countries • Quarterly REACH facilitator logs • REACH annual reports and annual workshop
  4. 4. Outcome 1: Increased awareness & consensus
  5. 5. Outcome 2: Strengthened nutrition policies, plans & programs
  6. 6. Outcome 3: Increased human & institutional capacity
  7. 7. Outcome 4: Increased effectiveness & accountability
  8. 8. A comparison of REACH outcomes before and after the in-country facilitation
  9. 9. Key barriers and enablers to strengthening nutrition governance • Barriers – Political instability – Staff turnover – Lack of human and technical capacity • Enabling Factors – PoliticalWill – Nutrition Champions – EstablishingTORs for stakeholder activities – Coordinated advocacy efforts and messaging
  10. 10. Lessons Learned • A longer in-country facilitation period (~5 yrs) is likely needed • Obtaining and sustaining support from high-level nutrition champions is important • The need for stakeholders (including the UN) to be aligned and speak with one voice • Alongside improvements in coordination, investment in human capacity is needed – Having a nutrition policy is not enough!
  11. 11. ThankYou, Gracias!

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