CS-SUNN has extended its impactful Capacity Building Workshop on Advocacy and Budget Tracking skills to benefit twenty-three civil society organizations (CSOs) in Jigawa State. At a 2-day workshop, recently conducted in the state, the alliance targeted the Jigawa State chapter, government key stakeholders, and the media, with the objective of equipping them with essential knowledge and skills in advocacy and budget tracking for better nutrition outcomes.
“I am very happy with this capacity-building activity, and I have learned basic skills on budget tracking which is going to be useful to my organization on this project. CS-SUNN as an organization always fulfil their promises and is very inclusive in all its projects” said Bintu Muhammed, Coordinator of Social Inclusion 4 Comprehensive Development. Her Counterpart representing Gender Office HISBA, Maryam Sheriff Muktar added “this project is coming at the right time to complement the effort of other partners and state government effort in the control of Severe Acute Malnutrition in the state. As you know Jigawa has one of the highest stunting rates in the country, and I am happy that CS-SUNN is bringing this project to help increase nutrition funding releases and utilization in the state”.
The workshop facilitated the development of a strategic comprehensive work plan, providing a roadmap for the effective implementation of the ‘Increased Investment in Nutrition to Scale-Up Quality Nutrition Services’ project in the state.
The success of this workshop is attributed to the support of the UNICEF Funded project, titled ‘Increased Investment in Nutrition to Scale-Up Quality Nutrition Services,’ operational in 19 states across the federation, including Jigawa. This project aims to address nutritional challenges by enhancing funding releases and utilization and extending maternity leave for nursing mothers from 4 to 6 months (with pay) in the pursuit of improved nutrition services.
As CS-SUNN continues to play a pivotal role in advancing nutrition-related initiatives, the extension of capacity-building initiatives to Jigawa reinforces its commitment to fostering positive change for nutrition. The impact of this workshop is anticipated to resonate across the participating CSOs, government stakeholders, and the media; contributing to a collective effort to combat malnutrition and improve nutrition outcomes in the state.