Worldwide—Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capabilities (TASC)

Client: Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Duration: 2020-2023

Region: Worldwide

Country: Worldwide

Solutions: Global Health

The Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capabilities (TASC) Project contributed to processes that support improved nutritional outcomes as part of the Technical Assistance for Nutrition (TAN) Programme funded by the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). Our partners were NutritionWorks and Development Initiatives, and TASC was a follow-on to the Maximising the Quality of Scaling Up Nutrition Plus (MQSUN+) program.

TASC worked to improve coverage of multi-sectoral nutrition interventions to drive improvements in health and nutrition status. It achieved this by strengthening the enabling environment for nutrition at the global and country levels, ultimately delivering policies and programs that support the reduction of malnutrition.

To sustain and expand action on nutrition, TASC provided demand-driven technical assistance services in two components: Component 1: Assistance to governments in the SUN Movement and the SUN Movement Secretariat to catalyze efforts to scale up nutrition impact across four strategic objectives; and Component 2: Assistance to the FCDO Nutrition Policy Unit and FCDO country offices to maximize the quality and effectiveness of their nutrition-related policy and programs across five themes.

The follow-up to TASC is the Nutrition Action for Systemic Change (NASC) facility, a one-year initiative (2023-24) managed by DAI, which continues to support FCDO to integrate nutrition across its aid portfolio in different sectors.

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Sample Activities

  • Strengthening the policy and advocacy environments through improving and costing multisectoral plans, budget analysis, and financial tracking.
  • Building nutrition capacity by promoting the multisectoral planning (MSP) for nutrition toolkit and developing technical assistance guidance.
  • Supporting the transition to the SUN Movement 3.0 Strategy (2021-2025) through governance reform.
  • Tracking FCDO nutrition investments by supporting FCDO to quantify its Official Development Assistance (ODA) spending for 2019; 2020; 2021.
  • Working with FCDO on food systems and nutrition with private-sector actors.
  • Advocating on the climate-nutrition intersection by supporting WHO on behalf of FCDO on the new Initiative on Climate Action and Nutrition (I-CAN).
  • Supporting evidence synthesis: for example, developing guidance for FCDO on preventing and managing child wasting and for the integration of nutrition into the cholera response.

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