The UK All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Nutrition held a session exploring how the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) can improve the impact of its development assistance funded nutrition programs.
The Group heard from Tamsyn Barton, ICAI’s (Independent Commission for Aid Impact) Chief Commissioner, and Jonathan France, ICAI’s Team Leader, who discussed the findings of their recent review of UK nutrition programs which generally praised UK government leadership on nutrition. Barton recommended that for the UK government to get a better rating following the next review, it needed to:
- Do a better job of aligning its nutrition work with other priorities at the country level and avoid working in silos (for example, converging social security, nutrition, and agricultural programs to achieve transformation across multiple sectors);
- Improve its targeting of reaching vulnerable people to ensure equity; and
- Improve coordination with other stakeholders, including the private sector, to improve coverage and impacts.
Barton noted that ICAI will be following up its review in 2022 to see whether the FCDO has adopted its recommendations.