The Growth through Nutrition Activity team came together for the fourth annual review and planning session between the 14th and 16th of August. The meeting, which took place virtually over the Microsoft Teams platform, brought together the project’s senior leadership, thematic advisors, partners and regional teams for lively discussions reflecting on the activities, challenges, successes and lessons of the almost complete project year and planning for the upcoming (and for some partners, final) project year. It was also a chance to thank the project team for going above and beyond to implement the majority of project activities during a very difficult project year.
On day one of the meeting, the Technical Advisors’ presentations highlighted successes achieved in each program thematic and cross cutting areas due in no small part to the hard work and dedication of the project teams despite the difficulties faced during the implementation period. Some of these successes included meeting goals around nutrition-sensitive agriculture (NSA) trainings in the livelihood area, ECC sessions delivered successfully and adapted to meet COVID-19 awareness creation needs, delivery of capacity building/ coaching activities in health facilities, implementation of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities, and WASH products sale, etc. There were also some areas of project under achievement due to many constraints during this year such as field day demonstrations, water point constructions, ant distribution of m-nutrition messages etc., which in most cases, were unable to proceed as planned but which will serve as areas for attention in Year V. Following presentations on key lessons from the thematic areas and cross-cutting components, the team separated into break-out groups to further discuss program implementation challenges and solutions as well as conduct future planning for their respective areas.
On the second day, the Regional teams outlined the various lessons learned from the year. This was followed by a guidance on finalizing annual planning shared by the project DCoP and the teams finalizing their planning during the additional break-out sessions.
On the final day, senior leadership closed out the workshop by remarking on the progress of the program and operations in Year IV, thanking participants and reminding them to stay safe with regards to COVID-19 prevention, and highlighting the overall direction the project would take in Year V, which included the importance of sustainability and documentation of lesson learned.