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Maximising the Quality of Scaling Up Nutrition Programmes Framework (MQSUN)

Briefing 02, November 2013

Mejia Acosta, A. et al. Institute of Development Studies, Brighton.

Efforts to strengthen government commitment to reduce undernutrition in Fragile and Conflict Affected States (FCAS) face a number of context specific challenges. First, most nutrition investments tend to adopt short-term humanitarian approaches to tackle food and hunger crises. Secondly, FCAS usually lack the capacity to design and implement their own nutrition strategies, thus reinforcing their dependency on the policy advice, technical training and funding from the donor community. Thirdly, there are very weak or non-existent accountability linkages between the state and the society in FCAS, so that citizens lack the means to hold their governments to account and political elites lack the incentives to respond to citizens’ demands. This briefing reviews three specific situations (Niger, Pakistan and Ethiopia) and offers practical recommendations and policy advice to address nutrition governance challenges in a context of fragility.

Policy recommendations:

Meeting of Nutrition Technical Working group to finalize Balochistan Inter-Sectoral Nutrition StrategyFurther research:

 

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Mejia Acosta, A. et al. (2014). Maximising the Quality of Scaling Up Nutrition Programmes Framework (MQSUN). Nutrition Exchange 4, July 2014. p34. www.ennonline.net/nex/4/en/maximising

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