CS-SUNN recently supported capacity strengthening of Nutrition Desk Officers in Niger state on effective memo writing. As you may be aware, a key determining factor for nutrition funding apart from budget allocation are fund releases and utilization. Funds are mostly released based on government’s priorities and memos are key to the procedures for fund releases. Poor memo writing often times contributes to lack of funding approvals and releases as decision makers would often prioritize and sign-off on strategic, result-driven, justifiable and compelling memos.
To address capacity gaps in memo writing and attain improved budgetary allocation, releases and utilization for nutrition, CS-SUNN supported the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning and the Niger State Committee on Food and Nutrition recently to build the capacity of nutrition desk officers in Niger State on Memo writing.
The training covered sessions on Memo Writing / Grant Proposal writing, throwing lights on the “ABC” of memo writing, the format of writing including the Header, the Subject, the Body and the prayer facilitated by Mr. Yahuza Abdullahi, a Director in the State’s Budget and Planning Ministry. Participants also learnt the need to include evidence/data in memos to make it more evidence based. At plenary, participants developed memos titled “Monitoring of First Round 2022 maternal New Born and Child Health Week, Request for Fund to support Nutrition Corners in Health Facilities, Monitoring of Community Infant and Young Child feeding practices and Promotion of Backyard Gardening in 5 wards in Chanchaga Local Government”
In the coming months, CS-SUNN will track and monitor the MDAs for quality/winning memos that would contribute to funding approvals and releases particularly for nutrition in Niger state.
Memorandum commonly referred to as MEMO is a written means of internal and external communication. It is generally exchanged between superiors and subordinates for carrying information related to organizational internal activities. Thus, memo is typically made by governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and corporate entities while partnering with other organizations to document terms and conditions, transactions and negotiations. In Niger state, all memos seeking approval for intended projects or programmes are submitted to the State Executive Council who are appointed Commissioners by the Executive Governor and thus requires substantial technical expertise.