Nawiri Fights Malnutrition

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IBTCI’s has been part of a multi-year program in the arid areas of central Kenya, working with pastoralists and village communities to reduce the underlying causes of acute malnutrition.

With funding from USAID’s Food for Peace program, this NAWIRI project started in October 2019 as a 5 year project aimed to reduce acute malnutrition in children.

Led by Catholic Relief Services, the project is being implemented in two phases.  Phase 1, designated the learning phase, will take place between September 1, 2019 to September 2021. Phase 2, the roll-out/project execution phase, will occur from September 2021 to September 2024.

IBTCI’s monitoring and evaluation leader in Kenya is Elias Mohammad and the project is backstopped by Sandra Medina and Orlando Hernandez.

NAWIRI has a consortium of 8 partners.  IBTCI is designated as the leading M&E provider across the team.  IBTCI has a total of 5 staff members, 3 located in Nairobi, Kenya.  IBTCI is working in two counties in north-central, arid Kenya.  IBTCI is collaborating with the Isiolo and Marsabit county governments assisting with building their surveillance system. In 2020 IBTCI team members conducted an M&E capacity assessment for the Isiolo and Marsabit counties and has rolled out an electronic based M&E system in both counties.  In Isiolo, this system has 100% been rolled out.

Field and Home Office staff recently worked together with all the partners to review the detailed Nawiri Theory of Change, involving markets, livestock, dairy, microfinance and water.  Another achievement has been the M&E team’s capacity building of health institutions, in terms of COVID-19 protocol, in both counties.  This included providing protection materials such as masks and gloves to schools, local community centers, etc.  The M&E team has closely followed these activities and has provided updates to local county governments and NGO partners with real-time data and evaluation results.