Grant under Grant is a Growth through Nutrition initiative to develop the sustained capacity of local governments to address and claim ownership of the maternal and child nutrition needs in their respective woredas. Launched in project Year IV, Grant under Grant is a fixed-amount award pilot program that has committed over nine million Birr under three grants in three woredas that largely focus on system strengthening of local governments to initiate and sustain innovative means for the production and consumption of nutritionally dense foods.
Despite an early implementation of strict prevention measures, COVID-19 continues to spread in various parts of Ethiopia. While the current battle to keep the rate of infection low continues, this is not a guarantee of immunity either from the virus nor its impact on the economic, social, political, and cultural dynamics of the population.
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.
On the 28th of February, 2020 –Tufts University, in collaboration with Save the Children, brought together more than forty nutrition focal persons for the 7th Project Research and Learning Working Group Meeting to discuss two gender interrelated topics.
On September 24th, 2019, USAID Ethiopia’s new Mission Director, Sean Jones, visited Growth through Nutrition sites in Lume Woreda, East Oromia Region accompanied by a team of USAID and Save the Children staff. The visit was primarily aimed at introducing the project’s implementation at the community level.
The 6th project research and learning meeting took place on Friday, the 27th of September 2019, at the Sapphire Hotel, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The meeting brought together around 20 participants from nutrition and WASH projects to discuss the findings from the recent SCI WASH research conducted on behalf of USAID. The findings are expected to inform the revision of USAID’s WASH and Nutrition guidelines anticipated to be finalized in Spring 2020. The presentations were followed by a question and answer session and discussion.
The Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey (EDHS) has been conducted about every five years since 2000 in Ethiopia to measure health, nutrition status, and population. The survey’s results are vital in maintaining awareness of both national and regional health and nutrition indicators.
Developing and implementing the WASH products promotional strategy for Growth through Nutrition is a critical step forward toward increase community access to WASH products. The recent Population Services International (PSI) and Save the Children’s (SCI) learning visits in North Oromia, East and West Amhara, indicated the inadequate use of Growth through Nutrition existing platforms, i.e. Enhanced community conversations (ECCs), saving groups, WASHCOs etc., for WASH products’ promotion.
From the 6th-9th of August 2019, Save the Children (SCI) organized the Fourth Annual Review and Planning workshop for Feed the Future Ethiopia Growth through Nutrition Activity at Sodere Resort Hotel in Adama. The workshop brought together team members from SCI, partner organizations and local NGOs and served as a platform for team-building activities.
The 5th project Research and Learning Working group that was held on July 12 at KZ hotel brought together more than 20 research and learning focal persons from different projects to attend the presentation and participate in the discussion of Seqota Declaration success, challenges and lesson learned. In addition, a complementary study by Tufts University on assessing the effectiveness of multisectoral coordination bodies for policy effectiveness was presented and discussed during the event.