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HGSF Working Paper Series #6 Engaging Communities Evaluating Social Accountability in School Feeding

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HGSF working paper no 6 engaging communities

HGSF Working Paper Series #6: Engaging Communities Evaluating Social Accountability in School Feeding Programmes

This policy brief addresses the question of how implementers of Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) systems can create and operationalize feedback systems between communities, governments, and external partners that ensures HGSF Programmes are meeting communities’ needs.

This report contains the findings and recommendations to determine ways to increase the integration of local farmers into the Osun State School Feeding Programme (SFP). The authors explored various options that allow the SFP to accomplish this goal while ensuring no disruption to the delivery of nutritious meals to the schools.

The report is categorized into four main parts:

1)    A survey of the importance of community engagement and accompanying tools to diagnose community engagement in school feeding projects.  This includes a literature review surveying concepts about the importance of and challenges to building genuine community engagement into development programming.  This section both explains the benefits of downward accountability and outlines ways to evaluate and strengthen community engagement.

 2) A case study about Ghana that uses the developed diagnostic tools to assess community engagement and downward accountability in the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) and provides recommendations for how to improve the programme. 

3) A Mali case study, which parallels the Ghana case study, and makes recommendations about Mali’s school feeding programme.  

4) Broader recommendations for community engagement in school feeding.

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