With this goal, BFD reached out to the GNC Technical Alliance (the Alliance) for technical support in developing a nutrition-sensitive strategy and operational approach, alongside a Social and Behaviour Change (SBC) strategy and action plan. To fulfill the request the Alliance convened a team including SBC Advisor Sona Sharma and consultants from Nutrition 4 Development (N4D) to deliver the support. N4D is a major player in strengthening nutrition systems at the local and global levels using evidence-based knowledge and learning to influence decisions and take action. A critical element of the support was that the strategies were accompanied with concrete, practical actions that BFD could do to improve programming, and that BFD staff were trained to implement these actions.
First the team conducted a nutrition situation analysis of Yemen and looked at current global guidance and evidence-based nutrition sensitive approaches. The team also supported BFD to analyze their current program portfolio to identify ways in which they could expand their multi-sectoral nutrition-sensitive approaches and capabilities in Yemen, whilst aligning with national nutrition policies and results framework.
Following this, BFD were supported to develop their first nutrition-sensitive strategy and operational approach. This meant looking at all of their programmes, and seeing how they can be improved to support nutrition outcomes. For example, how cash and voucher assistance is planned and conceived to maximize the impact on nutrition. Or how health centres can better integrate activities that support breastfed as well as non-breastfed infants. BFD led on the writing with support from the team, and will now develop an action plan for implementation. Finally, a capacity assessment of BFD staff was conducted before developing and delivering training on the agreed strategy and operational approach.