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? Does this Plan have potential to be scaled-up? (c) Is it feasible to implement the Plan with the stakeholders’ available human and financial resources and in the proposed timeframe? 2. SUSTAINABILITY AND GOVERNANCE (d) Sustainability: Can the changes of the Plan be sustained beyond the timeframe of 6 months? (e) SUN Civil Society Alliance: In which way is the Plan contributing to the long-term goals of the SUN CSA and its sustainability? (f) Governance: Is the Plan inclusive, participatory and transparently managed? (g) 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 (h) Is the Plan presenting, with a clear and direct language, the opportunities and challenges that are going to be addressed? (i) Are the stakeholders clearly described? (j) Are the objectives clearly defined? (k) Are the activities result-oriented?
3. 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? 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: RWANDA CSA representatives: Name Organization 1. MBONYI Paul The Future In Our Minds (FIOM RWANDA) 2. TUYISENGE Egide AFrica Evangelist Entreprise ( AEE) 3. MUKANTABANA Crescence Poor Women’s Development Network 4. KARABARANGA Alphonse Rwanda Consumer’s Rights Protection Organization (ADECOR)
4. 5. MUGENZI Jean Nepo Rwanda Nutritionists’Society 6. KUBWIMANA Laurien Pentecostal Church of Rwanda (ADEPR ) 7. MUHAMYANKAKA Venuste SUN Alliance Rwanda Innovation Plan´s Title: ENHANCING FAITH BASED NUTRITION BEHAVIOR CHANGE COMMUNICATION Thematic areas addressed by the Innovation Plan Mark Thematic Area Social campaign and mobilization Communication for behavioral change Integrated approaches to fight malnutrition Campaign and social mobilisation 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.) This innovation plan aims at making Religious Leaders more aware to malnutrition issues and actively involved in food and nutrition policies and programs implementation through faith based behaviour change among the community.
5. 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.) Challenges: Limited information about nutrition policies, negative attitudes and resistance towards nutrition behaviour change for some religions representatives leads to their low involvement to address malnutrition. This plan will help SUN Alliance Rwanda in community mobilization against malnutrition through multistakeholders approach. Opportunities: Most of Rwandans trust religious leaders; religious network; all Faith Organizations are registered before operation; some Faith Organizations are members of SUN Alliance; many health facilities belong to faith organizations. 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.) This plan meet with the second strategic objective of SUN Alliance Rwanda which is to encourage and facilitate coordination among all civil society actors, including academia, international, national and local CSOs and ensure alignment of their strategies, programmes and resources with national nutrition priorities. Primary beneficiaries are religious leaders and the community. Indirect beneficiaries are SUN Alliance, central and local government. II. DESCRIPTION 2.1 OBJECTIVES What are the Plan´s main objectives? (No words limit) Objectives 1. To raise awareness of Religious leaders to make them more sensitive to food security and nutrition issues 2. Improve collaboration and linkages with faith based organizations and other food and nutrition actors (health system, public and private sectors, civil society 3. Improve positive attitudes and good practices in relation to nutrition among community
6. 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.) Targeted groups are religions’ leaders and their adherents. Outcomes: Increased role, involvement of religious leaders in nutrition Positive nutrition attitudes and practices adopted by religious leaders and community members Improved collaboration and linkages among faith organizations and other actors Outputs: Awareness workshop organised with National Faith Network Leaflets on nutrition education messages produced Radio talks organized Educative messages delivered through prayers sessions National Peer review meeting with National Faith Network and other actors 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.) A steering committee including religious, civil society, community and SUN Alliance representatives to follow up during the innovation implementation and after the end of the project. For accountable management, careful use of resources, openness and transparency will guide. Culture seeking continuous improvement will guide all of actions, good planning to minimize the risk of failing to deliver the intended outcomes. Based on effective communication, we will work in compliance with legal and other requirements.
7. 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: Awareness to Religious leaders to make them more sensitive on food security and nutrition issues Act. 1.1. Design nutrition education messages to deliver Act. 1.2. Organize awareness workshops on malnutrition issues among religious leaders at national level National Food and Nutrition Coordination Secretariat: Technical support in nutrition messages design to ensure that those messages are relevant to national policies Media: Participate in workshops and in dissemination of nutrition messages. SUN Alliance national committee: Coordination, technical and financial support First month after getting grants Between the second and third months of the innovation’s implementation period 2. Objective 2: Improve positive attitudes and good practices vis-a- vis nutrition among community Act. 2.1. Organize radio talks with Faith Leaders for mass mobilization Act.2.2. Deliver nutrition education messages during prayer sessions Rwanda National Faith Network: - To facilitate radio talks and deliver nutrition messages. -To give instructions to their representatives at grass root level for delivering nutrition education messages to adherents SUN Alliance national committee: Coordination, technical and financial support Districts and SUN Alliance These activities will be conducted from the second month to the sixth month of the implementation of innovation
8. district committees: Follow up of nutrition messages delivering in community Objective 3: Improve collaboration and linkages with faith community and other food and nutrition actors a (health system, public and private sectors, civil society Act. 3.1. Organize peer review meeting with National Faith Network and other main nutrition actors at national level for follow- up and evaluation National Food and Nutrition Coordination Secretariat: Technical support in meeting session preparation and conducting SUN Alliance national committee: Coordination, technical and financial support Media: Participate in workshop and in dissemination During the next (sixth) month of the innovation’s implementation period 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? The progress of the innovation will be monitored through periodic assessments against the project outputs and indicators set out in the monitoring and evaluation. Focus Group Discussion will be used at community in order to see if the messages from Religious Leaders were delivered in appropriate manner. Face to Face discussion will be organized randomly targeting Religious Leaders. The final evaluation of the innovation will be undertaken by an independent consultant at the end of the of the project. Progress and final reports will be prepared and submitted to the Steering Committee, National Faith Network and relevant government authorities through an organized peer review workshop and media will be part of the session for expended dissemination.
9. 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.) In addition to financial funds mobilization, as consultative partner, the SUN Civil Society Network is requested to provide technical assistance during the implementation to achieve goals. 1625 USD are available to be allocated to the innovation plan and 5000 USD need to be mobilized to successfully implement the plan. 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 (USD) SUN Alliance complementary budget (USD) Educative messages tools production 865 130 Organize awareness workshop with 54 religious network leaders 1,029 154 Organizing 2 radio talks 819 247 Organizing 2 Peer review meeting 1,053 158 Monitoring and evaluation including final evaluation 1234 186 5. Other costs, services 0 750 Total amount estimated 5,000 1625 THANK YOU!