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: Uganda CSA representatives: Name Organization 1. James Kintu World Vision Uganda 2. Hilda Kajube Concern World Wide - Uganda 3. Richard Baguma Uganda Health Comunicativos Alliance 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 Innovation Plan for? What is the change you would you like to achieve with this Innovation Plan? (50 words max.) The innovation plan is to enhance multi-stakeholder engagements in reducing malnutrition in 3 pilot districts of Uganda. This will be achieved through advocacy for dedicated nutrition budget lines and resources allocation at the district levels. The project will support District Nutrition Coordination Committees with other stakeholders to lobby for resource allocation.
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.) The SUN Alliance in Uganda works in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister to facilitate integration of nutrition in district plans and budgets. About 10 districts have established DNCCs and the process of orienting them in nutrition guidelines is on-going. The critical gap is the lack of a specific nutrition budget line for adequate allocation of budgetary resources with a downstream impact of poor nutrition services delivery. This for example perpetuates stunting, estimated at 33% of children below 5 years pf age. 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.) The plan is relevant because Uganda practices decentralized governance and therefore at the district level is where the rubber meets the road in terms of services delivery. Therefore creation of a budget line and subsequent allocation of resources will strengthen multi-sectoral engagement and nutrition interventions. The expected beneficiaries will be mainly women of reproductive age and children below five years of age. The plan is also relevant for Uganda because of the timing in the budget cycle, to allow creation of budget line before actual planning in Octobe, 2017. II. DESCRIPTION 2.1 OBJECTIVES
5. What are the Plan´s main objectives? (No words limit) Objectives 1.Strengthen the capacity of DNCCs of 3 districts for effective Nutrition Budget Advocacy and coordination by end of 2017 2. Enable 3 districts establish Specific Nutrition Budget Lines by June 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.) Primary Beneficiaries Mothers and children in the 3 districts Secondary Beneficiaries Civil Society Alliance -Key objectives to be achieved District Nutrition coordination Committee -Stronger District-Fulfill their Mandate/ Nutrition Budget Line Nation –From the learning Community-Improved Nutrition Services by the District 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.) The hosting agency for UCCOSUN will take lead in implementation and will handle resources, ensuring transparency. The coordinator will ensure that all members are informed of the plans and progress while ensuring their active participation. We shall engage media to ensure wider publicity of the plan beyond the alliance members.
6. 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.Strengthen the capacity of DNCCs and nutrition multipartner platforms of 3 districts in effective Nutrition Budget Advocacy and coordination by end of 2017 a) Conduct meeting for DNCCs on nutrition budgeting in three district b) Mobilise stakeholders to define nutrition priorities for budgeting c) Mobilize and build public awareness on the importance nutrition budgeting in the three districts. d) Hold a stakeholders reflection on progress The stakeholders will participate in building evidences and also engagements with leaders. This activity will take six months `2. Enable 3 districts establish Specific Nutrition Budget Lines by June 2017. a) Conduct a lobbying meeting targeting district leaders on nutrition ` b) Follow-up meetings with district budget committee on nutrition budget line. c) Support members to attend district based budget conferences to ensure budget allocation d) Development and dissemination of lobbying paper e) Monitoring, reviews and documentation of learning. The activity will take six months `
7. 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? Activity monitoring, data collection and reporting Situation analysis Collecting Case studies and best practices End of project Evaluation Dissemination of Evaluation Report to –DNCC Forum, Local Government , Nutrition Technical working Group and the media 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.) The SUN civil society network can support in documentation and publication as building skills in budget advocacy. The available resources include office space and basic logistics by the host agency. The resources need are for direct program implementation including costs of coordination for the six months. 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 Contribution form UCCOSUN members SUN Alliance complementary budget
8. Coordination costs 5000 a) Conduct meeting for DNCCs on nutrition budgeting in three district 1000 b) Mobilise stakeholders to define nutrition priorities for budgeting 1500 c) Mobilize and build public awareness on the importance nutrition budgeting in the three districts. 1500 d) Hold a stakeholders reflection on progress 3000 e)Conduct a lobbying meeting targeting district leaders on nutrition ` 1000 f)Follow-up meetings with district budget committee on nutrition budget line. 1500 g)Support members to attend district based budget conferences to lobby for nutrition budget allocation 1000 h)Development and dissemination of lobbying paper 1000 i)Monitoring, reviews and documentation of learning. 2000 Total amount estimated 5,000 10,000 THANK YOU!