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 five 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: Civil Society Scaling up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) CSA representatives: Name Organization 1.Beatrice Eluaka Civil Society Scaling up Nutrition in Nigeria 2. Funmi Akinyele, PhD Food Basket Foundation International 3. Rachael Aji Robinson Heal the Youth Foundation Innovation Plan´s Title: IMPROVING NUTRITION THROUGH POLICY IMPLEMENTATION AT ALL LEVELS Thematic areas addressed by the Innovation Plan Mark Thematic Area x Advocacy Social campaign and mobilisation x Multi-stakeholder coordination Communication for behavioural change x Integrated approaches to fight malnutrition x Governance 1.1 CHANGE What is this Innovation Plan Innovation Plan for? What is the change you would you like to achieve with this Innovation Plan? (50 words max.) Availability of costed, multi-sectoral and implementable National Plan of Action for the revised National Policy on Food and Nutrition (NPFN), addressing critical emerging issues, e.g., nutrition in the first 1000 days, nutrition in emergencies and upsurge in the prevalence of diet-related non-communicable diseases, aimed at improving nutrition at all levels.
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.) A NPFN, sectoral policies/plans and a coordinating structure (National and State committees on food and nutrition) are in place. Nutrition Desks and designated nutrition desk officers are available in sectoral ministries. Despite these enabling factors, coordination of food and nutrition activities is a great challenge because of the multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary nature. The proposed plan will be developed through an inclusive process involving all nutrition-related stakeholders and will harmonize all the various sectoral plans. 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.) Our goal as Nigerian CSA is to have a country where every citizen has food and is nutrition secured. To achieve this goal the NPFN has to be implemented by government and stakeholders at all levels. This however cannot be achieved without an implementable plan of action. A costed implementation plan becomes an advocacy tool to pursue innovative funding for nutrition and for multi-sectoral engagement and coordination. II. DESCRIPTION 2.1 OBJECTIVES What are the Plan´s main objectives? (No words limit) Objectives 1. To facilitate the development of a multi-sectoral National Action Plan for Nutrition by July 2017 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.) Direct Beneficiaries will be health and nutrition workers, agricultural extension workers, education officers, community workers CSOs and support groups at all levels who will use plan as working document for implementing nutrition in Nigeria. Main output: 2000 copies of developed Multi-sectoral National Plan of Action for Nutrition Outcome will be coordinated implementation of nutrition intervention in Nigeria. 2.3 GOVERNANCE How will the Plan ensure that all stakeholders will take active part in the decision-making process?
5. What mechanisms will be put in place to guarantee transparent and accountable management of the Plan’s resources? (75 words max.) The plan will be developed with participation of all stakeholders. Roles and responsibilities will be assigned with monitoring and evaluation plans. Mechanisms will be setup for tracking implementation and budget. CS-SUNN through its steering committee and CSOs will continue its advocacy roles, budget analysis and budget tracking at National and State levels. Transparent and accountable management of the plan’s resources will be guaranteed by approval chains, financial reporting, internal and external auditing of accounts. 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 facilitate the development of a multi- sectoral National Action Plan for nutrition by July 2017 Act. 1.1. Engage a consultant to develop a draft plan of action based on the National Policy on Food and Nutrition Act 1.2. Facilitate desk review of previous action plan and other relevant documents Act. 1.3. Facilitate 3 meetings of the National Committee on Food and Nutrition (NCFN) and relevant stakeholders to review draft plan of action CS-SUNN in Conjunction with the NCFN will identify criteria, advertise, shortlist and interview qualified applicants to select consultant Stakeholders (CS-SUNN, NCFN, and others) will provide support to the consultant by providing relevant information, data, documents etc. Facilitate active participation of all relevant stakeholders to ensure adequate buy-in, February to March 2017 March to April 2017 March to June 2017
6. ‘ Act. 1.4. Lead the process of advocating for and securing approval of the final draft by the relevant government agency Act. 1. 5. Production of 2000 copies of approved National Plan of Action on Nutrition Act. 1. 6. Launch and disseminate plan nationwide through a one-day dissemination meeting involving stakeholders at national and state levels. inclusiveness and commitment towards effective implementation CS-SUNN will facilitate meetings and contribute towards the production and dissemination of plans NCFN, CS-SUNN NCFN, CS-SUNN and other stakeholders June to July 2017 July 2017 July 2017 Act. 1.7: Follow-up and Evaluation CS-SUNN Continuous 1.7.1. Develop State-specific scorecards to measure level of implementation of plan 1.7.2. Conduct Knowledge, Attitudes, Behavior and Practices (KABP) to assess policy makers in nutrition, supporting the plan will be carried out at the State and National levels. 1.7.3. Advocacy meetings by state chapters to push for implementation of the plan 1.7.4. Policy dialogues will be held to ascertain challenges, obstacles to implementing the plan 1.7.5. Develop and Disseminate Policy briefs and fact sheets to secure support form policy makers 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?
7. CS-SUNN will work with the National Committee on Food and Nutrition to organize a national dissemination of approved and printed plans and will follow up to monitor the number of states that have domesticated and are implementing the plan. State-specific scorecards will be developed and used to measure the level of implementation while Knowledge, Attitudes, Behavior and Practices (KABP) assessment of policy makers in nutrition, supporting the plan will be carried out at the State and National levels. - CS-SUNN State Chapters will hold nutrition stakeholders’ advocacy meetings for the implementation of the plan in the focal states. - Policy dialogues will be held to ascertain challenges, obstacles to implementing the plan and also to show that activities planned in the state were drawn from the state specific plan. - Policy briefs and fact sheets will be developed and shared during these policy dialogues 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.) CS-SUNN will support the implementation of this plan and will promote its use to advocate for funding. We have a network of over 200 CSOs working all over the country whose capacity has been built over time. The major challenge is funding. We expect that SUN CSN (global) will support with some funding and TA. 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 Nigeria CSA to source for funds to finance this section Engage a consultant to develop a draft plan of action based on the National Policy on Food and Nutrition and desk review of previous action plan and relevant other documents USD 7,000 Facilitate 3 meetings of the National Committee on Food and Nutrition (NCFN) and relevant stakeholders to review draft plan of action. N2, 500 USD 11,000 Lead the process of advocating for and securing approval of the USD 1,100
8. final draft by the relevant government agency Production of 2000 copies of approved National Plan of Action on Nutrition. USD 1000 USD 6,500 Launch and disseminate plan nationwide through a one-day dissemination meeting involving stakeholders at national and state levels USD 1,500 USD 5,000 Follow-up and Evaluation (indicators – Number of States that have domesticated and are implementing Plan). USD 8,500 Total amount estimated USD 5,000 USD 39,100 *NOTE: Nigeria CSA will source funds outside the LR Budget from the PACFaH Project, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Save the Children, UNICEF etc. THANK YOU!