The SUN Civil Society Alliance (CSA) in Senegal was launched in 2013.
The CSA had identified the need to strengthen the commitment of more non-state actors and nutrition stakeholders, and to improve the decentralized monitoring of Senegal’s Multi-sectoral Strategic Plan for Nutrition (PSMN).
The CSA requested support from the Pooled Fund to achieve these objectives.
With support from the Pooled Fund, 21 representatives from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) operating at the national level and 115 representatives of CSOs operating at the sub-national level were trained in the PSMN and its implementation methodologies.
This training prompted the CSA to move to a decentralized model and to establish sub-national committees and field missions for the regions left furthest behind.
To this end, the CSA facilitated local action plans with grassroots organizations that aligned with the national-level nutrition plan. It also followed up on nutrition commitments made by local officials in two of Senegal’s departments in order to increase the accountability of local, elected officials at sub-national level.
The Pooled Fund gave the CSA the opportunity to create an enabling environment that raised the profile of nutrition and supported its efforts to influence legislation and policies.
For example, the CSA supported nutrition budgeting activities by bringing parliamentarians together to act as nutrition champions within the Senegalese National Assembly. These 14 men and 23 women supported advocacy at national and community level to help improve the country’s nutritional profile.
The CSA also supported government and not-for-profit partners in accessing new funding sources, such as the World Bank’s Global Financing Facility, The Power of Nutrition and bilateral financial commitments by international NGOs. The Pooled Fund enabled the CSA to train 35 CSO representatives in innovative nutrition financing mechanisms.
Gender mainstreaming was an important factor for the CSA’s Pooled Fund project, which was demonstrated by the number of female participants: of the 375 people representing organizations involved in project activities, 208 are men and 176 are women (9 are unknown). In addition, local committees are coordinated by a female leader.
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