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Realizing right to adequate food and nutrition

ICCO consortium and Civil Society Alliance for Scale up Nutrition (CSA for SUN) are going to implement the “Realizing the right to adequate food and nutrition” through this country level partnership. Under SPCC in Bangladesh, the primary goal is to achieve a significant reduction in the incidence of stunting among young children in the North and south regions of Bangladesh in Rangpur, Khulna and Barisal Division.

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  • Start project
    2016
  • Projectstatus
    Active
  • ID: NL-KVK-56484038-C_006224
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Background

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the ICCO Consortium (ICCO) are involved in the strategic partnership Convening and Convincing, which aims to ensure that in and by this partnership civil society organizations (CSOs) and civil society at large, both in the ‘global South’ as well as the overall global context, can contribute to decreasing inequality and injustice in societies. A central objective of Convening and Convincing is to counter the limited, and decreasing, political space for CSOs around the world. Strengthening the lobbying and advocacy (L&A) capacity of CSOs is central to our Theory of Change (ToC) and the themes addressed in the ToC are closely related to the Multi Annual Strategic Plan (MASP) of ICCO Cooperation, which builds on two main pillars: ‘Justice and Dignity for All’ and ‘Sustainable Livelihoods.’ The L&A programs that will develop under the strategic partnership will be integrated within broader programs implemented by members of the Consortium and with multiple funding sources. SPCC program will be implemented by the ICCO Consortium which is consists of six members: ICCO (lead), Kerk in Actie, coPrisma, Edukans, Wilde Ganzen and CNV Internationaal. The overall goal of this strategic partnership is to ensure that CSOs and civil society at large in the global South, as well as the global context, can contribute to decreasing inequality and injustice in societies in order to create the conditions for just economic, social and political development. ToC of SPCC program in Convening and Convincing application, containing four pathways of change that we believe will enable us to achieve our overall goal: 1. Political space for CSOs 2. Realizing the right to adequate food and nutrition 3. Small-producer empowerment and inclusive markets 4. Moving towards a sustainable private sector In Bangladesh, SPCC will work in 3 pathways as (1) Political Space for CSOs, (2) Realizing the right to adequate food and nutrition and (3) Small-producers empowerment and inclusive markets.

ICCO consortium and Civil Society Alliance for Scale up Nutrition (CSA for SUN) are going to implement the “Realizing the right to adequate food and nutrition” through this country level partnership. CSA for SUN was formed in October 2012 as a representative body of relevant CSOs to improve their participation in dialogues with governments and international organizations and enable them to contribute and participate effectively. The Alliance seeks to create a strong, coordinated and vibrant civil society constituency in support of the further development and wider implementation of a nutrition agenda that will result in the sustainable improvement in the nutrition status of the people of Bangladesh. Under SPCC in Bangladesh, the primary goal of pathway 2 (Right to adequate food) is to achieve a significant reduction in the incidence of stunting among young children in the North and south regions of Bangladesh in Rangpur, Khulna and Barisal Division. Over a period of five years (2016-2020), this will be achieved through the delivery of a set of integrated nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions in partnership with Government, CSOs and private sector actors to enhance food and nutrition security of very poor households. The partnership will be signed between ICCO Cooperation and Concern Worldwide as secretariat of CSA for SUN. The agreement will be signed between ICCO and Concern Worldwide for initially one year (January 2017-December 2017). Expected results are the CSOs will be capacitated on lobby and advocacy and will ensure nutrition services of government to the community people.
Realizing right to adequate food and nutrition

Updates

Posted on September 7, 2017

Bimonthly meeting between EC & GC members of CSA for SUN in Barisal div.

Bimonthly meeting between EC & GC members of CSA for SUN in Barisal div.

Bimonthly  meeting between EC & GC members of  CSA for SUN in Barisal div.
CSA for SUN arranged and supported by ICCO cooperation a daylong meeting with Civil Society Alliance members in Barishal division on 18th May 2017. In total 19 CSA members form 15 different organizations attended in the meeting. Executive Committee member and Secretary of CSA for SUN, Asfia Azim, ICCO representative also attend in this meeting. Three district CSAs representative jointed in this meetings out of 06 districts in Barishal. The objective of the meeting was to, - To describe SUN movement in Country and update on CSA activities - To map General Committee member and identify how they their existing work can contribute to achieve National Nutrition Target - Identify CSAs role to advocate for achieving National Nutrition Goal - Discuss about engaging govt. department (nutrition specific and sensitive) to achieve NPAN/NNS - Upcoming event from ICCO for CSA for SUN members. Brief Discussion: At first, Mr. Monirul Islam , ED of AID organization who is the general committee member of CSA and one of the focal points from Barisal division civil society alliance welcome participants and gave his welcome speech. Other two focal point persons Mrs. Hosne Ara Hasi ED , Jago Nari from Barguna and Mr. Habibur Rahman Talukdar, ED- SEDS, Barisal gave their wellcome speech to all participants. Asfia Azim, CSA for SUN secretary then shared the objective of the meeting and gave a brief presentation on CSA for SUN activities from February 2016 till date. In her presentation she presented CSA updates and next three years goal and plan. She also gave a direction how and where CSA could play their role. In her presentation she showed National Nutrition Policy and it’s enlarge scope After that ICCO representative Biksh Kumar Biswas – Nutrition Expert was shared basic information of ICCO and specially “strategic partnership convening and convincing” (SPCC) project’s overview and strategy pathway – 2. To improve the nutritional status especially under 5 children and women. He also shared interventions of this project, Capacity Development , Research and Knowledge and Lobbying and Advocacy.
Posted on September 7, 2017

M & E workshop of SPCC

M & E workshop of SPCC

Two days SPCC M & E workshop was held on 21,22 August, 2017 at ICCO - Cooperation Dhaka office. Two person was attend the each pathway. Secretory of CSA for SUN and one general committee member was attend the workshop, Major topic discuss : M & E plan of SPCC, reporting schedule, basic study findings and sharing, lobby log book maintain use and exercise, use of google drive and online reporting system ( Akvo rsr). ect. Action plan of after training : a) Follow up reporting schedule b) have to revised DIP September, 2017 to December, 2017 c) Maintain lobby log book d) We have to update our each pathway programs on akvo rsr system in timely.
Posted on July 27, 2017

GO-NGO collaboration can ensure sustainable livelihoods: Experts

GO-NGO collaboration can ensure sustainable livelihoods: Experts

GO-NGO collaboration can ensure sustainable livelihoods: Experts
Experts at a workshop here have stressed on comprehensive GO-NGO-private sector collaboration and effective network to ensure sustainable livelihoods, nutrition and dignity of poor and marginalised people. They came up with the view at the 'Civic Engagement Alliance Programme' inception workshop organised by ICCO Cooperation at Begum Rokeya auditorium of RDRS Bangladesh here on Tuesday. Consortium Members including 'Nijera Kori', Civil Society Alliance (CSA) for Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) extended assistance to ICCO Cooperation in arranging the event. The programme is being implemented in Rangpur, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha and Thakurgaon districts. The main objectives of the programme are to ensure rights of landless people on 'Khas' lands, water bodies and local resources, nutrition of unprivileged children and pregnant women, empowerment of marginalised farmers and creating inclusive cooperative marketing system for farm products. Seventy divisional and district level government officials of the health, family planning, agriculture and livestock departments, members of CSA for SUB and local service providers, business community leaders, members of different farm product producing organisations, civil society members and journalists participated. With Country Representative of ICCO Cooperation Ms Tessa Schmelzer for South and Central Asia Region in the chair, Divisional Director (Health) Dr Mozammel Hossain attended the workshop as the chief guest. In her welcome speech, Tessa Schmelzer narrated about the activities being conducted by ICCO Cooperation under the Civic Engagement Programmes in Bangladesh, South and Central Asia Region as well as the globe as a whole. Three PowerPoint presentations (Pathways) were delivered on 'Establishing Rights of Landless People on Khas Land and Rights of Workers on Labour' by Coordinator of 'Nijera Kori' Miss Munni Mri, on 'Nutritional demand of unprivileged people, children and pregnant women' by Programme Manager of CSA for SUN Mansur Parvez Chowdhury and on 'Small producer empowerment and inclusive marketing' jointly by Filed Coordinator of Helvetas Swiss Interoperation Nurul Islam and Ziptha Boiragi of Leprosy Mission Bangladesh. Divisional Deputy Director of the Livestock Department Dr Mahbubur Rahman, Assistant Divisional Director (Health) Dr Mahbub Hassan, Deputy Directors of the Department of Agriculture Extension SM Ashraf Ali and Md Moniruzzaman, Civil Surgeon Dr Abu Md Zakirul Islam, Deputy Director of the Family Planning Department Dewan Morshed Khan and Afroza Begum, addressed as special guests. Taking part in open discussion, consortium members, GO-NGO officials and participants forwarded suggestions with commitments for successful implementation of the four-year term (2017-2020) term civic alliance programme in their respective fields.

Target group

The stakeholders are partner NGO, ministry of health & family welfare, ministry of child and women’s welfare, ministry of agriculture, ministry of fisheries & livestock.

Sustainability

To create a space for different CSO platforms several preconditions are needed to be addressed. Responding to the problematic of having limited space of CSOs in creating enabling environment to promote the rights of the marginalized two key outputs have been determined.
Firstly, through the interventions, primary landless groups will be well organized in raising voice of the marginalized farmers. Strong connection between CSOs and people from the marginalized landless communities will be established through the intervention. Partners will commission several researches on the issues related to the land rights. That will help in establishing strong connection between them as well as give more evidence to do lobby and advocacy.
Secondly, it is expected that CSOs will be stronger and capable in engaging with decision makers. These community based grassroots CBOs will be capacitated to raise the voice of the marginalized in various issues. They will also be capable to negotiate with local government and national policy makers. In the current scenario there is a gap between the community based CSOs and national level policy makers. After 5 years, selected CSOs will have strong platform to deal with policy makers directly. To get the result some preconditions are required to be fulfilled. First of all members of different CSO platforms are needed to be well-connected. Sharing will take place among them. Sometimes members of CSOs can’t realize the needs of marginalized people. In this pathway CSO leaders will learn more to enhance their skills in realizing the needs of marginalized landless people. Increased capacity of CSO leaders in realizing the needs of marginalized and increased capacity of marginalized people in raising their voice together will ensure active CSOs in establishing the rights of marginalized. Finally emphasizing the joint efforts of CSO members will be considered by the decision makers as a strong platform of raising the voice for the marginalized.

Goals overview

The goal of Pathway 2 is to achieve a significant reduction in the incidence of stunting among young children in the north and south regions of Bangladesh in Rangpur, Khulna and Barisal divisions.