A second chance: Focusing Zambia’s nutrition sector in the context of political change

Abstract

The hypothesis on which this study is based is that the best nutrition outcomes, in terms of effective implementation, will be seen when policy is well aligned with political motivations on the part of government and non government actors, and that multiple stakeholders need to be coordinated around what is a complex and multidimensional policy and implementation challenge. It looks at three main dimensions of nutrition governance: intersectoral coordination on the part of government, donor and other high-level bodies; vertical coordination within the country’s nutrition policy and implementation systems, and the modes of funding that are negotiated through, and used to implement, interventions. It also looks at how monitoring and data systems may support or undermine these forms of coordination and organisation, and at the political sustainability of successful interventions or forms of coordination. The study also looks at other political and economic factors that may be influencing malnutrition rates, and their potential importance in the larger picture of combating malnutrition in Zambia. The aim of this research is to help government officials and decision makers in priority countries to effectively tackle the problem of maternal and child malnutrition.

Citation

Taylor, L. A second chance:Focusing Zambia’s nutrition sector in the context of political change. Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton, UK (2012) 20 pp. [Analysing Nutrition Governance:Zambia Country Report]

A second chance: Focusing Zambia’s nutrition sector in the context of political change

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