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Using the Results of the Budget Analysis for Advocacy and Communication; Advocacy Efforts in Zambia

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Zambia 2015 Global Nutrition Report Launch

Zambia 2015 Global Nutrition Report Launch. © David Kashiki, Post Newspapers

In order for SUN countries to have the right mix of interventions and programmes, all stakeholders must work together to build and sustain an enabling environment. In the absence of effective nutrition advocacy there is less impetus for stakeholders to ensure that nutrition-related services are provided – especially when there is a lack of political momentum and demand for action.

A clear and coherent advocacy strategy is essential. The following is a step-by-step guide to developing such a strategy

  • Identify objectives, “theory of change”, and key influencers
  • Build strategic alliances
  • Plan activities for each stage of the budget cycle
  • Manage and deliver communications
  • Evaluate advocacy efforts

Zambia provides a unique case-study of how advocacy related to budget analyses can:

  • Support ministries that have identified investments related to nutrition to look at where investment can be improved.
  • Assist those Ministries without nutrition investments to develop activities that are complementary to their existing mandate.
  • And foster the activities of Civil Society to engage in budget processes, and where possible, take part in formal budget submissions and monitor spending.
  • Zambia Case Study: “see commentary section below”

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