The African Nutrition Leadership Programme

Funding assistance and human resources

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Sight and Life has leadership development as a key focus. The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement has created an unprecedented awareness and willingness to act at a global and national level to implement proven nutrition interventions. Attention to building the capacity required to successfully lead and manage implementation through the required effective multi-sectoral teams has, however, largely been neglected.

Since its inception over a decade ago, over 300 participants have passed through the African Nutrition Leadership Programme (ANLP), which has now expanded to offer a wider variety of leadership training modules specifically adapted to suit individual contexts. Sight and Life is committed to the aims and work of the ANLP in believing that future leaders in the field of nutrition are essential in order to move forward and tackle the challenges ahead. We provide funding and human resource to assist the ANLP, and together we are exploring other ANLP leadership development opportunities. 

As the ANLP has grown in size and reputation, opportunities for training have arisen in a number of settings. These include the Kenyan National Food Fortification Alliance, and the multi-sectoral Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) teams in SUN countries. Country nutrition leadership training, a novel approach to increasing leadership capacity development, is being piloted in Zambia with funding support.

As part of a memorandum of understanding with United Nations Childrens’s Fund (UNICEF), we are also working with the East Africa regional office and the ANLP to undertake a pilot program. This aims to develop a larger capacitated group to train implementation teams in basic management skills, and unleash and develop the leadership capabilities, which are critical to implement programs within the Scaling Up Nutrition.