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Project ID:00084693Description:SUN 02/MOZ/006 “Advocacy"
SUN Movement Fund
Start Date *: 7 Dec 2012
Country Catalytic Programmes
End Date*: 30 Aug 2015
Country: Mozambique Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   WFP - World Food Programme

Advocacy for Scaling Up Nutrition in Mozambique


  • Country: Mozambique
  • Implementing Partner: ANSA
  • Participating Organization: UN REACH 
  • Duration: January 2013- August 2015
  • MPTF support: US$ 428.000
  • Main Contact: Lourdes Fidalgo at


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In Mozambique, 44% of children suffer from stunting or low height for age; one in every two children under 5 years of age will not achieve their potential physical growth, mental and cognitive development. The Government of Mozambique recognizes that stunting and micronutrient deficiencies, are the main nutrition problems in the country, leading to reduced economic productivity nationwide, and in collaboration with partner organizations prepared the Multi-sectoral Action Plan for the Reduction of Chronic Under nutrition (2011-2020).

The 10 year Action Plan aims to reduce stunting to 30% in 2015 and 20% in 2020. The Action Plan uses a multi-sectoral approach to address the problem of chronic undernutrition. The Action Plan indicates that there are factors crucial for the implementation of the plan, namely; inter-sectoral collaboration and coordination; ensuring adequate financial and human resources; and guaranteeing national capacity to implement the plan. The Technical Secretariat for Food and Nutrition Security (SETSAN) is the Government’s coordinating body for the Plan.

The project “mobilizing civil society in support of Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN)” arrives at an important time in Mozambique where both government and partners are committed to the implementation of a comprehensive Nutrition Action Plan with the aim of tackling the high levels of chronic undernutrition. Civil society in Mozambique is nascent and, as such, its capacity to organize, mobilize and influence nutrition-related policies and decisions is still quite weak.  Participation by civil society in the area of nutrition, particularly, has so far largely been dominated by a small number of international non-governmental organizations with little to no participation by national organizations and community-based organizations. 


This project aims to create a civil society platform at national and provincial level and build the capacity of members of that platform to monitor the roll out of the Action Plan; liaise with relevant government sectors to ensure that adequate resources are allocated to implementation and expected sectoral activities are implemented; lobby with donors and funding agencies to ensure that appropriate levels of funding are timely available for the Action Plan and for other nutrition related interventions; monitor the compliance with their commitments; and mobilize NGOs and other actors (in particular the platform members) for the inclusion of nutrition related interventions in their plans and projects in the country.  The districts will be reached through the organizations based at provincial level with programs been implemented at district level and through mass media.  It is expected that some initiatives may have national coverage, while some provincial initiatives may have spill over effects in neighboring provinces.

As much as possible, the platform will reach out to existing networks (for example, the network of organizations working in food security and the network of organizations working on children’s issues) to learn from their experiences and involve them in the platform’s activities.  Another group to target will be religious groups who are organized into a network (COREM).

ANSA and HKI’s membership on the Technical Working Group of the PAMRDC and the Nutrition Partner provide an excellent opportunity for members of the CS platform to directly or indirectly provide input on ongoing government-led initiatives such as the drafting of a national advocacy and communications strategy on undernutrition, the development of a monitoring framework of PAMRDC and activities planned under REACH.  

These efforts will lead to the goal of a vibrant and politically engaged civil society contributing to a reduction in under nutrition in Mozambique.


The main outcomes and outputs for each of the problems to be addressed by the project include:

Outcome 1: An effective, inclusive and productive civil society that maintains strong relationships with key stakeholders.

This will be achieved by:

  • Conducting mapping of organizations working in the field of nutrition and related areas
  • Drafting of TOR for CS platform to specify membership, roles and responsibilities, creation of Steering Committee
  • Travel to provinces to present SUN movement, mobilize CS members and identify focal points who will provide critical CS leadership during and after this grant
  • Establishing a CS platform at central level (Maputo) and expanding to 3 provinces.
  • Drafting of National Plan of Action, including strategic directions, key objectives and activities of the platform (including advocacy)
  • Meetings every four months at central and provincial level to monitor ongoing implementation of CS advocacy and monitoring activities

Outcome 2: A stronger and more visible civil society that actively participates in the development of nutrition and nutrition-sensitive policies and plans across all sectors, including advocacy for resource allocation

This will be achieved by:  

  • Capacity building of platform members on formal and informal policy dialogue, policy analysis, monitoring and advocacy
  • Provide technical assistance to CS members to support their engagement with policy makers through membership in technical working groups and donor/partner fora and participation in meetings organized by Government sectors.  
  • Provide technical assistance to CS members to support their engagement with policy and decision makers at local levels, such as Provincial Assemblies, Councils, Local Development Forum, to discuss and influence nutrition related issues
  • Liaise and lobby concerned Ministries, donors and development partners to ensure appropriate funding levels.
  • Provincial platform members to lobby members of the provincial assemblies to influence inclusion of undernutrition reduction targets in provincial plans and budgets 

Outcome 3: Operationalization, funding and implementation of PAMRDC and other national and regional strategies and plans on nutrition monitored

This will be achieved by:

  • Support the development of a monitoring system including the definition of key indicators, data and information to be collected, information flow, and processing
  • Design tools for data collection
  • Monitor inclusion of nutrition on the agenda of different sectors/actors;
  • Build capacity of CS members to monitor adequate allocation of resources for implementation of PAMRDC and other relevant nutrition interventions.
  • Monitor the decentralization process and allocation of provincial resources to nutrition.
  • Feedback on monitoring findings to concerned sectors through dedicated meetings, media articles, and other appropriate communication tools

Outcome 4:  The work of the different CSO at the various levels results in increased public awareness about nutrition, nutrition policies and monitoring and advocacy interventions

This will be achieved by:

  • Engagement of the media at national and provincial level
  • Popular mobilization


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If you have questions about this programme you may wish to contact the RC office in Mozambique or the lead agency for the programme. The MPTF Office Portfolio Manager (or Country Director with Delegation of Authority) for this programme:

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