Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capabilities (TASC) project
Learn about our work to help SUN member countries scale up nutrition impact and maximise the quality and effectiveness of their nutrition-related policy
We are part of a TASC consortium that aims to contribute to improved nutritional outcomes as part of the Technical Assistance for Nutrition (TAN) programme, funded by UK Aid.
TASC provides technical assistance to the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement and to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), and is led by DAI, with NutritionWorks and Development Initiatives (DI) as consortium partners. The project will run until July 2023 and is a follow-on to the Maximising the Quality of Scaling Up Nutrition Plus (MQSUN+) programme.
TASC provides demand-driven technical assistance services in two components:
- Component 1: Assistance to governments in the SUN Movement and the SUN Movement Secretariat to improve efforts to scale up nutrition impact.
- Component 2: Assistance to the FCDO Nutrition Policy Unit and country offices to maximise the quality and effectiveness of their nutrition-related policy and programmes, to support evidence generation and lesson learning and to develop nutrition capacity.
DI sits on the Senior Partner Group to offer expertise on data analysis of finance for nutrition and to contribute to the planning and implementation of projects in response to demand-driven requests received from the FCDO and SUN Movement.
What we deliver
We deliver several projects through TASC.
Continuing on from our work under MQSUN+, we support the FCDO to identify, quantify and understand its Official Development Assistance (ODA) spending on nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programmes, as well as its performance against pre-existing commitments. You can download our latest PDF report on this scoring: FCDO's aid spending on nutrition: 2020. We also score the FCDO projects based on 2020 data, against the new OECD policy marker for nutrition, which was adopted in December 2020.
Also carrying on from MQSUN+, we lead a team of TASC experts to carry out the next round of SUN country budget analysis for governments who request technical assistance through the SUN Movement. We use a budget analysis toolkit developed under MQSUN+ to assess, analyse nutritional finances and train government officials on how to conduct the analysis themselves.
We also lead the initial scoping and planning of a user-friendly, country-specific, nutrition-focused costing tool that builds on the MQSUN+ toolkit for multisectoral planning. Concepts for development of this tool are currently in discussion with the SUN movement.
Finally, we also contributed to the development of a monthly information resource for the FCDO on the global indirect impacts of Covid-19 on nutrition. Our role within a wider TASC team was to search for data sources and draft information summaries into a digestible and useful resource.
Our work with the FCDO will allow them to meet any reporting requirements, such as for the Global Nutrition Report, and will help the FCDO track against any spending commitments, such as those assumed at the 2013 Nutrition for Growth event. It will also support the FCDO to track their nutrition funding internally and externally, and ultimately improve the transparency and accountability of their nutrition portfolio.
Our work with the SUN Movement will build the capacity of SUN member countries to track their finances for nutrition. It provides them with a regular review of financial data to help decision-makers prioritise, plan, monitor and evaluate the implementation of their national nutrition policies.