Nutrition is an important component of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the second of the seventeen proposed SDGs is ‘End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture’. This is intended to achieve sustainable food production, access to nutritious and sufficient food and end malnutrition by 2030.
For initiatives to work, it is important to take into consideration the political and social dimension of the environment where change initiatives will occur. Political economy analysis focus on asking questions about opportunities for reform dynamics and the potential threat of the reforms in the environment it will operate.
The political economy approach shows us that governance for development arises through domestic political processes and contest between interest groups. Such an approach to governance is based not on imposing ‘good practice’, but in looking for the ‘best fit’ to the local social and political context.
TDii was contracted to conduct an analysis of Nutrition Political Economy in 5 Northern States in Nigeria-Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Yobe and Zamfara. The main benefit of the analysis is to prompt a different way of thinking about the sustainability of nutrition programme in the states. The NPEA highlights the importance of relationships, incentives and behaviors, on framing effective approaches to setting agenda for the scale-up of nutrition programmes.
FUNDED BY: WORKING TO IMPROVE NUTRITION IN NORTHERN NIGERIA (WINNN-SCI)