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Examples of mitigation measures related to the risks identified

Risks in the setting up phase

Complexity and number of initiatives and actors in the nutrition field
Mitigation measure:

  • Prepare a mapping of all actors and consult all stakeholders during the setting up phase of a NIPN with regard to choice of host organizations.
  • Position the NIPN as embedded within and supporting the multisectoral nutrition policy environment.

Lack of ownership of NIPN by host organizations
Mitigation measure:

  • Carefully select the partners to be part of the initiative and define clear roles and responsibilities and accountability lines in a contract or Memorandum of Understanding.
  • Ensure that each partner understands how the NIPN can work in their country and can respond to their objectives and priorities. NIPN should feed into the larger strategy of each partner.

NIPN host does not allocate/free up staff to work on NIPN implementation
Mitigation measure:

  • Ensure realistic estimates of time allocation of staff of host organizations are agreed upon and bound through a contractual commitment and covered by allowances.
  • Include a budget for dedicated project management tasks which cannot be absorbed by existing staff: coordination, financial and admin support, and communication.

Risks in the policy component

Multisectoral engagement is deficient, including poor attendance of Multisectoral Advisory Committee meetings
Mitigation measure:

  • Use the NIPN set-up phase to discuss engagement and emphasize benefits for all sectors.
  • Develop incentive schemes and provide meeting allowances.

Low or non-sustained demand for NIPN outputs from decision makers
Mitigation measure:

  • Use the Advisory Committee which is directly linked to the Multisectoral Nutrition Coordination System to engage their colleagues.
  • Use the Sub-national Nutrition Dashboard to raise interest and start the policy dialogue.

Policy and decision makers do not accept the data and evidence provided
Mitigation measure:

  • Involve policy makers and decision makers throughout the policy dialogue to create ownership of question formulation, choice of data analysis and finally participation in discussion around interpretation of the results.
  • Transparency in communication of findings and encouraging other stakeholders to hold policy decision makers accountable for accepting and using evidence.

Risks in the data component

Lack of willingness to share data with NIPN
Mitigation measure:

  • Raise awareness at the highest level of the Multisectoral Nutrition Coordination System about the importance of data sharing.
  • Advocate for the establishment of an enabling legislative framework.

Poor data availability and/or quality
Mitigation measure:

  • Build capacity of staff in performing data quality checks.
  • Raise awareness regarding measures to improve the quality of future data collection.

Low incentives or barriers to collaboration between NIPN partners
Mitigation measure:

  • Embed NIPN in existing structures from the start, with leadership in the national multisectoral nutrition coordination system.
  • Demonstrate benefits, efficiency and effectiveness of the NIPN approach through quick, strategic wins in the first year.