Nutrition capacity development: a practice framework

Shrimpton, Roger, Hughes, Roger, Recine, Elisabetta, Mason, John B., Sanders, David, Marks, Geoffrey C. and Margetts, Barrie (2014) Nutrition capacity development: a practice framework. Public Health Nutrition, 17 3: 682-688. doi:10.1017/S1368980013001213

Author Shrimpton, Roger
Hughes, Roger
Recine, Elisabetta
Mason, John B.
Sanders, David
Marks, Geoffrey C.
Margetts, Barrie
Title Nutrition capacity development: a practice framework
Journal name Public Health Nutrition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1368-9800
Publication date 2014-03
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S1368980013001213
Open Access Status
Volume 17
Issue 3
Start page 682
End page 688
Total pages 7
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To outline a framework and a process for assessing the needs for capacity development to achieve nutrition objectives, particularly those targeting maternal and child undernutrition.

Design: Commentary and conceptual framework.

Setting: Low- and middle-income countries.

Result: A global movement to invest in a package of essential nutrition interventions to reduce maternal and child undernutrition in low- and middle-income countries is building momentum. Capacity to act in nutrition is known to be minimal in most low- and middle-income countries, and there is a need for conceptual clarity about capacity development as a strategic construct and the processes required to realise the ability to achieve population nutrition and health objectives. The framework for nutrition capacity development proposed recognises capacity to be determined by a range of factors across at least four levels, including system, organisational, workforce and community levels. This framework provides a scaffolding to guide systematic assessment of capacity development needs which serves to inform strategic planning for capacity development.

Conclusions: Capacity development is a critical prerequisite for achieving nutrition and health objectives, but is currently constrained by ambiguous and superficial conceptualisations of what capacity development involves and how it can be realised. The current paper provides a framework to assist this conceptualisation, encourage debate and ongoing refinement, and progress capacity development efforts.
Keyword Capacity development
Workforce development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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