Published on December 8, 2016
1. INNOVATION PLAN FORM Guidelines for the design of the Innovation Plan The design of the Innovation Plan intends to support participants in capitalising on the knowledge acquired during the Learning Route in Rwanda, transforming this knowledge into practical actions to strengthen SUN Civil Societies Alliances’ coordinated activities to address malnutrition. The Innovation Plan has to be framed within the strategies and initiatives currently carried out by Civil Society Organizations, part of the SUN Alliances, participating in the Learning Route. The Plan aims to enhance the results of on-going activities, adding value to existing initiative and furthering efforts made by Civil Society to improve nutrition in their own countries. The Innovation Plan will have to address, through an integrated approach, at least two out of of the thematic areas of the Learning Route: I. Advocacy II. Policy review and policy tracking III. Campaign and social mobilisation IV. Multi-stakeholder coordination V. Communication for behavioural change VI. Integrated approaches to fight malnutrition VII. Governance The Innovation Plan must be the result of your coordinated work as Country Team and representatives of the SUN Civil Society Alliance (CSA) of your country. Take this opportunity to work together, consolidate existing partnerships and open-up opportunities for new collaborations! Very important! The timeframe of your Innovation Plan should not exceed 6 months.
2. Key criteria for the self-assessment of the Innovation Plan Here you can find some smart criteria to assess the quality of your Innovation Plan. We suggest you to check them carefully and try to score your Plan before delivering it. CRITERIA GUIDING QUESTIONS 1. INNOVATION (a) Is the proposal referring to experiences that can be considered innovative in your country, in relation to the strategies, approaches or methodologies employed? (b) Does the Plan have the potential to contribute substantially to address nutrition- related issues at country level? (c) Does this Plan have potential to be scaled-up? (d) Is it feasible to implement the Plan with the stakeholders’ available human and financial resources and in the proposed timeframe? 2. SUSTAINABILITY AND GOVERNANCE (e) Sustainability: Can the changes of the Plan be sustained beyond the timeframe of 6 months? (f) SUN Civil Society Alliance: is the Plan contributing to the long-term goals of the SUN CSA and its sustainability? (g) Governance: Does the Plan apply inclusive, participatory and transparent approach/management? (h) Collaboration and mutual support: does the plan contribute to the enhancement of collaboration, learning and mutual support among CSAs of the region? 3. CLEARNESS AND GENERAL QUALITY (i) Is the Plan presenting, with a clear and direct language, the opportunities and challenges that are going to be addressed? (j) Are the stakeholders clearly described? (k) Are the objectives clearly defined? (l) Are the activities result-oriented? INNOVATION PLAN - SOME KEY CONCEPTS Change What is the change you would you like to achieve with this Innovation Plan? Relevance/ Justification Why is this relevant for the CSA in your country? Who will benefit from the Plan? Enabling Factors What kind of favourable conditions, existing today in your country, can enable the achievement of this Plan? Main Objectives What are the short-term objectives that lead you to the expected change? Strategic Actions What strategic actions or innovative practices would be implemented in order to reach these objectives? Stakeholders Which organizations and institutions from the Civil Society, public and/or private sector, donor and/or and international cooperation agencies should be involved in the implementation of the Plan? What would be their role? Follow-up and dissemination How are you going to evaluate the results of the Innovation Plan and how are you going to disseminate these results at the national (CSA) and or/ regional level?
3. LEARNING ROUTE Leveraging the Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Network: building regional platforms to promote learning on how to address malnutrition The Learning Route in Rwanda INNOVATION PLAN FORM I. OVERVIEW Country/ Team: Malawi CSA representatives: Name Organization 1. Bessie Ndovi CSONA 2. Hazel Kantayeni CARE Malawi 3. January Mvula SURCOD Innovation Plan´s Title: Thematic areas addressed by the Innovation Plan Mark Thematic Area Advocacy Social campaign and mobilisation Multi-stakeholder coordination Communication for behavioural change Integrated approaches to fight malnutrition Governance 1.1 CHANGE What is this Innovation Plan for? What is the change you would you like to achieve with this Innovation Plan? (50 words max.) Poor coordination of nutrition activities is one factor which leads to poor progress; therefore, CSONA would like to conduct a district nutrition stakeholder mapping initially in Nsanje and Zomba Districts. • To have detailed district stakeholder nutrition information to inform programming on; – District coverage – Resource allocation – Project lifespan
4. 1.2 CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES What are the main challenges the Innovation Plan is addressing? How does the Plan link to the on- going initiatives carried out by the SUN CSA in your country to address malnutrition? (75 words max.) Malawi has information on stakeholder mapping all which districts they work in, but at district level they do not have well segregated data on where these stakeholders are operating, longevity of their projects, or how much resources are channeled to nutrition. This IP will assist districts in knowing how many nutrition stakeholders are in their districts, coverage of nutrition interventions in the districts and knowing how much resource is allocated to nutrition 1.3 RELEVANCE AND JUSTIFICATION Why is this Plan relevant for the CSA in your country? Who will benefit from the Plan? (75 words max.) Conducting stakeholder mapping is very important as currently there’s no detailed mapping in districts to inform programming as well as to improve coordination of nutrition interventions at the district level. The nutrition stakeholder mapping will benefit a wide range of nutrition stakeholder such as: The department of nutrition, HIV and AIDS (DNHA) The civil society organisation nutrition alliance (CSONA) The Malawi government at the national level District local councils CSO Development partners The Area Development Committee (ADC) II. DESCRIPTION 2.1 OBJECTIVES What are the Plan´s main objectives? (No words limit) Objectives 1. To develop and produce a comprehensive database of all nutrition stakeholders in Nsanje and Zomba districts by June 2017 2.To improve coordination of various key prayers implementing nutrition interventions in Nsanje and Zomba District 2.2 TARGET GROUPS Who are the main target groups (direct beneficiaries) and what would be the significant change for them? Define the main outputs and outcomes (in quantity and quality) of the Innovation Plan. (75 words max.) The main target groups are the nutrition stakeholder the beneficiaries of the interventions district councils This stakeholder mapping will allow district councils to: know how much resources are available for nutrition in the district from all stakeholders and how to effectively allocate resources to more deserving areas determine the lifespan of projects implemented by stakeholders and be able to monitor the
5. impact 2.3 GOVERNANCE How will the Plan ensure that all stakeholders will take active part in the decision-making process? What mechanisms will be put in place to guarantee transparent and accountable management of the Plan’s resources? (75 words max.) CSONA is a network which is composed of various CSO members in various districts; the members are empowered to make decision based on the nutrition issues in their district. This would make it very simple for the District members to make their own decision. One pillar of CSONA is for its members to be transparent and work as the team. All members are empowered to work in collaboration and in a very transparent manner. 2.4 KEY ACTIONS / INITIATIVES What are the actions or initiatives each stakeholder will have to take in order to achieve the Plan´s objectives? Link each action to the respective stakeholder/s and the approximate length of time for implementing the proposed initiatives. (No words limit) Description of activities per objective Stakeholders´ role Length of time (when will you start and how long will it last?) 1.Objective 1: To develop and produce a comprehensive database of all nutrition stakeholders in Nsanje and Zomba districts by June 2017 Act. 1.1. Planning for the exercise Act. 1.2. Implementation i.e. actual data collection, interface meetings, data entry, cleaning and analysis Act. 1.3. Dissemination of results Participate effectively in the stakeholder mapping exercise Provide all the necessary information by filling in the questionnaires and other data collection tools Provide resources for the mapping Provide human resources for the mapping Mid February 2017 and it will last for 3 months 2. Objective 2: To improve coordination of various key prayers implementing nutrition interventions in Nsanje and Zomba District Act. 2.1. Participating in partnership meetings in the District Contributing effectively to create a conducive February and March 2017
6. Initiate partnership drive amongst CSO members in Nsanje and Zomba Act. 2.2. environment for coordination in the Districts Sharing of work plans with other CSO Members and relevant Government Ministries 3. Objective 3: Act. 3.1. Act. 3.2. …. 2.5 FOLLOW-UP AND DISSEMINATION How are you going to evaluate and capitalize the results of the Innovation Plan? Please consider (if appropriate) to apply qualitative evaluation techniques (e.g. Most Significant Change, Outcome mapping…) How are you going to disseminate these results at the national (CSA) and or/ regional level? Random consultations with stakeholders to verify the usefulness of the mapping to the districts and national levels Dissemination of results will be done during dissemination workshops at national (national nutrition committee) and district levels by inviting all relevant stakeholders 2.6 SUN MOVEMENT How could the SUN Civil Society Network support the implementation of the Innovation Plan? What capacities need to be built or strengthened? What resources are available and which ones need to be mobilised to successfully implement the Plan? (50 words max.)
7. The SUN CSN is the great supporter of the innovation plan as they have the technical knowhow of how the selected thematic areas have been done elsewhere. There’s a need to build the capacity of the local SUN alliance to be able to undertake this IP from planning dissemination specifically on data analysis, reporting and drawing individual district maps of interventions. Human resource from the local SUN alliance (CSONA) is there; however, there will be need to source financial resource to implement the IP as the current funding for CSONA comes to an end in December 2016 3.6 BUDGET Please provide us an estimation of costs broken down per category and indicate if you foresee to complement the grant with in house funding (if so, how much) Activity LR grant budget SUN Alliance complementary budget Planning (resource mobilisation, planning meeting with district officials and stakeholders, data collection tools, enumerator hiring) $1000 0 Implementation (data collection, interface meetings, data entry, cleaning and analysis) $2500 0 Dissemination of results (to all stakeholders at national and district level) $1500 0 Total amount estimated THANK YOU!