Leadership for Groups & Organisations

Creating purpose driven teams and organisations that effectively lead result-oriented nutrition change interventions in Africa

Tailor-made, needs based leadership development programmes focused on developing the abilities of individuals to lead the implementation of nutrition related interventions as members of multi sectoral groups and teams operating on a national and district level.

The tailor-made leadership development programmes are based on current best-practice from the disciplines of organizational development and change management-leadership and from practical experience gained working in Kenya, Zambia, Uganda and Rwanda with multi sectoral teams responsible for nutritional interventions.  The programmes are all shaped based on real and expressed participant needs together with their stakeholders’ needs and, are designed to be relevant to the target audience’s which they serve.

Programmes focus on both individual and team growth and often include

  • Create an awareness of own leadership orientations, strengths and gaps;
  • Discover own locus of control, Personal values and purpose;
  • Grow specific management and leadership orientations and skills including:
  1. Communication skills
  2. Conflict resolution skills
  3. Managing conflict
  4. Decision making and problem solving
  5. Designing effective intervention plans
  6. Managing resistance to change
  7. Conducting  stakeholder analyses
  8. Leading from where you are
  9. Create and implement a personal leadership development plan.
  • Formulating a purpose statement and evaluating the necessity for change (any kind of change);
  • Equip with skills to gain aligned stakeholder commitment to a shared purpose;
  • Diagnose team effectiveness and other problems and dilemmas;
  • Develop a comprehensive results-oriented action plan to grow and develop the team and to achieve the overall purpose of change process (intervention) – two elements here – enhancing team effectiveness and reducing stunting for example.
  • Managing resistance to change.
  • Building a team culture of continuous learning, thinking and growing.
  • Skills and tools to monitor and evaluate progress on all fronts.

In 2010/2011 the ANLP worked with the Kenya Food Fortification Alliance to assist in implementing mandatory food fortification in Kenya, with support from GAIN.  Later, and with support from Sight and Life, work was undertaken with the Zambia National Food and Nutrition Commission.  In 2015 with seed funding from Sight and Life, the ANLP entered into partnership with UNICEF and started working with 5 multi sectoral district teams in Uganda and Rwanda.  Another major part of this cooperation agreement was to develop a group of master trainers who will eventually be able to offer leadership development training and by so doing, enlarge the capacity of the ANLP to offer a larger range of services related to nutritional interventions in Africa.  This master trainer group consists of 20 individuals from 10 countries (half of the group is Francophone).

The importance of increasing and sustaining the number of successful nutrition interventions in Africa is widely recognized. Developing and integrating managerial-leadership skills (functional capacities) with existing technical skills is a critical success factor in effectively implementing nutrition interventions.  The idea is not new, but the application in multisectoral teams working in nutrition, is.  Recently a number of authors have written about leadership and its role in scaling up nutrition interventions, however - very few individuals or groups (if any) have developed the capacity, and have the experience, to develop these capabilities at national or district level in multisectoral teams who are responsible for leading nutrition interventions. This is the gap that the ANLP aims to fill in order to support successful scale up of nutrition interventions making a real difference where they are most needed.