Strengthening local governance for nutrition in Uganda

Uganda is one of the fastest growing economies on the African continent. Yet, chronic malnutrition is rampant and the reduction is not going as fast as could be expected. Levels of chronic malnutrition remain high with over 33% of the children under 5 years of age being classified as stunted.

The Government of Uganda is putting great emphasis on reducing (chronic) malnutrition and has made the improvement of the nutrition situation of its population a priority.

The Uganda Nutrition Action Plan (UNAP) 2011-2016 was developed with the assistance of FANTA and already takes a multi-sectoral approach. To the efforts to combat malnutrition, 8 ministries, CSOs, academia and private sector are committed.

District Nutrition Action Plans

CDI supports the FANTA III team in Uganda in strengthening a multi-stakeholder participatory process to guide the operationalisation of the UNAP in a decentralised manner. The CDI team understands that there is significant progress at the national level with regard to UNAP, but the challenge is now how to integrate nutrition in the district plans and formulate District Nutrition Action Plans (DNAPs), align multiple sectors to the goal of reducing malnutrition and ultimately have the envisioned impact to improve the nutrition situation in Uganda.

Resource Guide and Tool Kit

CDI provides initial guidance and facilitation of the multi-stakeholder process by preparing and implementing a number of learning events to work towards the operationalisation of the DNAPs. FANTA III staff will explicitly be involved in this process and build their capacity in multi-stakeholder facilitation competences and methods, and provide them with documentation of the process and lessons learned. In this way, FANTA III staff and other key stakeholders will be equipped to continue the process with other District Nutrition Coordination Committees (DNCCs) after the finalisation of the project in an independent way, and, further down to line, the DNCCs can facilitate their own process, informed/supported by the Resource Guide and Tool Kit that will be developed and made available by the FANTA III team.

The approach will include a national level and one or two regional level workshops to build consensus on the approach the DNCCs will have to follow and provide a coherent framework for the DNAPs to be formulated. In addition, a workshop will be organised in which representatives of selected districts will be present and the design of DNAPs will be discussed (agreeing on guidelines for the formulation, process and content). A final activity will be a workshop to review the formulation of DNAPs in the selected districts.