Assignment Report: Tackling undernutrition in Zambia. Nutrition audit of DFID Zambia programmes.

Abstract

This report presents the findings from the Nutrition Audit undertaken by MQSUN from June-July 2012 for the Department for International Development (DFID) Zambia. The objectives for the audit were to:

  • Assess and identify the extent to which DFID Zambia’s current activities and programmes already make a contribution to reduce under-nutrition in Zambia (policy and operations) – i.e. to have a specific nutrition objective or indicator, which may be nutrition specific or nutrition sensitive.
  • Assess the potential for scaling up DFID Zambia’s existing programmes to make a contribution to reduce under-nutrition in Zambia through revisions to design and to make practical and costed recommendations of how to incorporate potential scaling-up opportunities.
  • Assess the geographical spread of DFID Zambia’s programmes which have existing or future potential to reduce under-nutrition and to determine the extent to which synergistic effects of programmes can be achieved.
  • Assess the feasibility (and estimate the cost/benefit in nutritional terms) of integrating nutrition outcomes into the design of new DFID Zambia programmes.
  • Identify appropriate nutrition indicators (and the source of baseline/monitoring data) that can usefully be integrated into existing programmes.
  • Build the capacity of different teams in the office on nutrition by raising awareness about the need for a multi-sectoral approach, short- and long-term, to tackle under-nutrition.

The report makes recommendations for the inclusion of nutrition-sensitive activities in all of DFID Zambia’s programmes including governance, human development and cross-cutting programmes. It provides details on the opportunities, feasibility and “how to” for inclusion for each of these programmes. For each recommendation, a timeline and cost estimate is provided. In addition, indicators are proposed to measure nutrition outcomes achieved through the integration of these recommendations.

Citation

ICF International. Assignment Report: Tackling undernutrition in Zambia. Nutrition audit of DFID Zambia programmes. PATH, Washington DC, USA (2012) viii + 48 pp.

Assignment Report: Tackling undernutrition in Zambia. Nutrition audit of DFID Zambia programmes.

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