Mid-term evaluation of the EU-UNICEF Joint Nutrition Action in Uganda

Montrose is conducting a mid-term evaluation of the EU-UNICEF Joint Nutrition Action, a €6 million grant programme that is part of a broader framework of the EU-funded Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU).

The goal of the EU-UNICEF Joint Nutrition Action is to scale up and sustain improvements in nutrition for women and children in northern Uganda.

The programme aims to strengthen nutrition governance by improving organisational capacity at both national and district level, improving coordination, planning, monitoring and evaluation across the health, agriculture, education, WaSH, and gender and social development sectors.

The key result areas of the programme are: 1) Improved capacity of multi-sectoral nutrition coordination at the district level to plan, cost, monitor and mobilise resources for nutrition actions, 2) Improved capacity of the sectors to plan, budget, implement at scale and monitor nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions at the district level, and 3) Enhance the capacity of district governments to inform their programme based on evidence.

The Joint Nutrition Action is implemented at national level through relevant ministries, departments, and agencies as well as at district local government level in Northern, Karamoja and West Nile regions of Uganda. The target beneficiaries are children under two and pregnant or lactating women. Target groups of the action are policy and decision-makers at national and district levels, key sectors involved in the design and implementation of UNAP (agriculture, health, education, gender, labour, social development, water, finance) development partners, civil society organisations and research institutions.

Montrose will conduct an independent mid-term evaluation of interventions carried out between December 2017 and March 2020 to review progress, identify challenges, capture lessons learned and provide practical recommendations to improve implementation. The evaluation will assess the extent to which project actions are relevant, consistent and appropriate to the nutrition requirements of beneficiaries, country policies and strategies in Uganda. Montrose will also assess the prospects of continuity of benefits and outcomes following the completion of the programme’s implementation, and recommend measures to ensure sustainability. Findings will help UNICEF share lessons learned with government stakeholders and other development partners to provide further measures, support and sustainability in the drive to improve nutrition by strengthening governance.

For more information please contact the Montrose Africa Office: kampala@montroseint.com