Ghana

Context

Nutrition programmes in Ghana were largely dependent on donor funding, while those responsible for implementing national nutrition policies often had insufficient understanding of them.

The SUN Civil Society Alliance (CSA) in Ghana had already been involved in the planning process at the national and district levels. Pooled Fund support enabled the CSA to become more effective in advocating for nutrition to be included in district development plans and to improve understanding of nutrition among sub-national policy-makers.

About

  • 80 champions from 20 target districts attended a national nutrition summit
  • 100 consultations and dialogues were held with local government policy-makers
  • nutrition committees were set up in 15 districts

Key results and impact

One of the Pooled Fund grant’s priorities was the decentralization of the CSA, in line with the SUN Movement objective of strengthening capacity for multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder collaboration. A database of community-based organizations was therefore set up to help the CSA expand at the sub-national level and to monitor district-level implementation.

This was accompanied by efforts to build the capacity of regional and district contact points and hosting organizations in order to ensure an adequate understanding of their role in influencing positive and sustainable changes, and in how to collaborate effectively.

Although the focus of the grant was at the sub-national level, the CSA recognized the importance of lobbying decision-makers to ensure nutrition was a priority at the ministerial and national level. To this end, a national high-level advocacy round table took place involving key nutrition stakeholders, including members of parliament.

Collaboration with government entities enhanced opportunities to institutionalize nutrition objectives within decentralized government priorities. This further strengthened implementation as medium-term development plans were drafted and validated with support from the CSA in 20 target districts.

The CSA also led a national nutrition summit and capacity-building exercise in 2020 at which 80 champions from 20 target districts committed to advance nutrition objectives.

To ensure nutrition remained a high priority, 100 consultations and dialogues were held sub-nationally with local government policy-makers. The champions were supported to establish long-term structures and relationships with district policy-makers. These structures include district nutrition committees, which play an important role in the monitoring of implementation and accountability beyond the lifespan of the grant. Nutrition committees were set up in 15 districts.