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PATH will lead a new nutrition partnership with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and a consortium of leading nutrition organizations to help scale up effective nutrition programs.

The new Maximizing the Quality of Scaling Up Nutrition project will provide technical expertise on the design and implementation of proven nutrition programs, drawing on the best available evidence.

Improving the quality and impact of nutrition programs

The consortium, made up of eight leading nutrition organizations, will work together to identify and support the scale-up of proven nutrition programs, with a focus on maximizing their quality and impact. The group will:

  • Expand the evidence base on the causes of under nutrition.
  • Enhance skills and capacity needed to support the scaling-up of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programs.
  • Provide guidance to support program design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Increase innovation in nutrition programs.
  • Ensure that lessons learned from this work are shared across DFID and beyond.

Consortium partners offer nutrition expertise

The organizations bring internationally recognized expertise in nutrition, food security, social protection, agriculture, gender, governance, and knowledge management. The consortium consists of a core team that will work closely with DFID both in the United Kingdom and at the country level to provide a one-stop shop for expertise on nutritional programming, research, lessons learned, best practices, and impact.

Consortium partners, assisted by resource networks and local partner organizations, will respond directly to requests made by country offices and DFID partners. The consortium is made up of PATH, Aga Khan University, Agribusiness Systems International, Health Partners International, ICF International, Institute of Development Studies, International Food Policy Institute, and Save the Children.

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Posted March 22, 2012.