As a result of the project, the accountability and capacity of the DNSC has been increased and nutrition has been integrated into the regional development plan.
In the Kisumba ward, this had led to a nutrition framework and plan being established and 21 key stakeholders have signed resolutions to implement the plan within a short timeframe. These commitments bind the Ward Development Committee, District Council and Community Economic Empowerment and Legal Support and set out which of the three has to fulfil the agreed obligations. These resolutions are the first step to agreeing legally binding performance contracts – and the regional government has agreed that they are needed and will be established.
National buy-in for performance contracts
At a national level, PANITA hope that the Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Her Excellency Samia Suluhu, will sign the performance contract covering all nutrition interventions and activities with all regional commissioners during the National Summit on Food Fortification. At the time of writing, the President’s Office Regional Administrative and Local government are finalising the contracts.