Integrated nutrition strategies beyond paper realities: the case of Uganda (Brenda Namugumya)

Malnutrition is a global challenge negatively affecting health and socio-economic development. The causes and consequences of malnutrition are multi-dimensional and crosscut policy sectors. Various countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have invested in integrated nutrition strategies that transcend the boundaries of individual policy sectors to facilitate decisions and coordination of efforts aimed at improving their nutrition outcomes. However, little is known about whether the adoption of these strategies leads to any actual governance changes.

In her PhD research, Brenda Shenute Namugumya, focuses on whether the adoption of integrated nutrition strategies results in actual changes in nutrition governance in Uganda. She applies the concepts of policy integration and street level bureaucracy to explore how decisions in integrated nutrition strategies are realised (or not) in practice across ministries, local governments, non-governmental and private sector institutions