Worldwide—Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capabilities (TASC)

Client: Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Duration: 2020-2021

Region: Worldwide

Country: Worldwide

Solutions: Global Health

The Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capabilities Project (TASC) aims to contribute to improved nutritional outcomes as part of the Technical Assistance for Nutrition (TAN) Programme funded by UKaid. TAN works to improve coverage of multi-sectoral nutrition interventions to drive improvements in health and nutrition status within countries. TAN aims to achieve this by strengthening the enabling environment for nutrition at the global and country levels and strengthening the capacity of countries within the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, ultimately delivering policies and programmes that support the reduction of malnutrition.

To sustain and expand action on nutrition, 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 catalyse efforts to scale up nutrition impact.
  • Component 2: Assistance to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) Nutrition Policy Unit and FCDO 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.

TASC is led by DAI with NutritionWorks and Development Initiatives as consortium partners, and is a follow-on to the Maximising the Quality of Scaling Up Nutrition Plus (MQSUN+) programme.

TASC works collaboratively with Nutrition International, a key implementing partner under the TAN programme, to engage in joint learning and coordinate efforts on knowledge management.

Sample Activities

  • Analyse finance for nutrition actions (e.g. costing of multi-sectoral plans, budget analysis, and financial tracking)
  • Support transition to the SUN Movement 3.0 Strategy (2021-2025)
  • Conduct multi-country reviews of nutrition plans.
  • Support SUN Movement’s learning agenda.
  • Support FCDO on nutrition-related programme design and implementation (development of strategic cases; programme review; placement of consultants to boost technical capacity on nutrition; and other technical support)
  • Facilitate knowledge management, learning, and capacity building (case studies, a COVID-19 tracker with monthly updates, various technical guidance notes, webinars for FCDO staff, and wider audiences, etc.)


Zambia—Scaling Up Nutrition Technical Assistance (Zambia SUN TA)

DAI supports the Government of Zambia to reduce stunting among children under 2 years of age. The first phase of Zambia’s Scaling Up Nutrition program launched in 2011 and covered 14 districts; this phase will expand activities to 30 districts covering 7.1 million people, including 850,000 children under 2 and their mothers.

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