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Name:School feeding moving from practice to policy reflections on building sustainable monitoring and evaluation systems

The objective of this paper is to provide an overview of the status of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of school feeding across sub-Saharan Africa and to reflect on the experience on strengthening M&E systems to influence policy making in low income countries.

Conclusions were found that there is strong buy-in on school feeding from governments in sub-Saharan Africa. In response to this demand, development partners have been harmonizing their support to strengthen national programmes, with a focus on M&E. However, policy processes are complex and can be influenced by a number of factors. A comprehensive but simple approach is needed where the first step is to ensure a valid mandate to intervene, legitimizing the interaction with key stakeholders, involving them in the problem definition and problem solving. 

Author:Gelli and Espejo
Publisher:Public Health Nutrition
Publication Year:2012