Coordinating efforts in West Africa on undernutrition

The Transform Nutrition West Africa team met with key partners in Dakar Senegal on 5/6 November. The objective of the meeting was to provide updates on key work of the initiative to date and develop future work plans in coordination with efforts of other key actors and partners on nutrition in the region.

Organisations represented included IFPRI, The Institute of Development Studies – UK, North West University, Ghana University, Ibadan University, Institut Supérieur des Sciences de la Population, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Alive & Thrive, REACH, DATADENT, and UNICEF.

After an introduction to the Transform Nutrition West Africa initiative and updates on its research activities, partners provided updates of their workplans and ongoing activities to identify areas of collaboration. The group then went on to discuss identifying and creating demand for evidence, knowledge sharing and dissemination strategies.

A number of points were raised under engagement and dissemination:

  • Identify the target audiences of key partners and develop a structure for reaching this audience through regional partners
  • Continue to be responsive to demand for evidence and develop an approach for updating priority topics in the region.
  • A communications strategy for TNWA is being developed in collaboration with regional partners.
  • A calendar of relevant events is being developed with input from partners and will be regularly updated to strategically plan engagement activities.

Transform Nutrition West Africa short courses:

  • A series of four short courses will be delivered from 2018 – 2020 to build leadership and improve use of evidence.
  • The courses will be designed to utilize regional resources to run the courses in West Africa and also to build potential for sustainability.

Transform Nutrition West Africa would like to thank all of our partners who took part in our meeting. We are looking forward to building collaborations in the year to come.