Assessing multi-sectoral policy coordination for achieving food and nutrition security outcomes in Eswatini

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Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University
ENGLISH SUMMARY : The effectiveness of using multisectoral approach in implementing policies has been significant in nutrition policies and sustainable development goals. Creating of coherence multisectoral and intersectoral coordination enables sustainable development, reduces the cost of development and enhances public health. This research assessed multisectoral coordination of food and nutrition policies in Eswatini, using policy documents and annual report from four government ministries namely; Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Training and Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy. The research process used a literature review method. The data collected was coded to identify if the country has a multisectoral coordination in food and nutrition policy. Budget allocation for nutrition objectives was also examined. Using the word search, coordination actions were verified at planning, implementation and monitoring phases of policy development. The findings show that the country has started putting in place coordination mechanism but has not effectively managed to have coherent multisectoral coordination. Integration of nutrition objectives at policy and implementation level has been done. Collaboration efforts are not structured, during implementation. Sectors working together lacks consistency and work in silos. The working in silos for sectors with integrated objectives is costly, reduces quality of outputs and efficiency. The need to intentionally plan to improve the multisectoral and intersectoral coordination is required in Eswatini. Using Mahlangu’s multisectoral and multilevel coordination can improve effectiveness and increase benefits actors enjoy in collaborations.
AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING : Geen opsomming beskikbaar.
Thesis (MCom)--Stellenbosch University, 2020.
Nutrition policy -- Cooperation -- Eswatini, Food security -- Eswatini, Nutrition policy -- Evaluation -- Eswatini, UCTD