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
Assess the feasibility (and estimate the cost/benefit in nutritional
terms) of integrating nutrition outcomes into the design of new DFID
Identify appropriate nutrition indicators (and the source of
baseline/monitoring data) that can usefully be integrated into
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.
ICF International. Assignment Report: Tackling undernutrition in Zambia. Nutrition audit of DFID Zambia programmes. PATH, Washington DC, USA (2012) viii + 48 pp.