Maximising the Quality of Scaling Up Nutrition Programmes Framework (MQSUN)

MQSUN aims to provide the Department for International Development (DFID) with technical services to improve the quality of nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive programmes. Services will be provided on a call down basis to DFID country offices over a period of four years.

Assignments which are drawn down from the Framework Agreement are funded centrally from DFID Policy Division programme resources.

What is MQSUN?

A new consortium of leading organisations working on nutrition has been established in order to assist with the urgent task of scaling up DFID nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programmes. The MQSUN project will play a key role by providing technical expertise on the design and implementation of effective programmes, drawing on the best available evidence. The Maximising the Quality of Scaling Up Nutrition Programmes Framework agreement guides this work, with the aim of harnessing the group’s specialist skills and capacity to maximise the quality and impact of the programmes being scaled up.

The project is resourced by a consortium that is made up of eight non-state organisations leading in the field of nutrition (listed below). They bring an unparalleled depth of internationally recognised expertise in nutrition, food security, social protection, agriculture, gender, governance and knowledge management with a wide geographical imprint. The group are committed to providing services in:

  • expanding the evidence base on the causes of undernutrition
  • enhancing skills and capacity to support scaling up of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programmes
  • providing the best guidance available to support programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • increasing innovation in nutrition programmes
  • knowledge sharing to ensure that lessons are learned across IDS and beyond

Who is leading this activity?

  • PATH
  • Agribusiness Systems International (ASI)
  • Aga Khan University (AKU)
  • Health Partners International (HPI)
  • ICF International
  • Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
  • Save the Children (SCUK)

Key contacts

Photo of Nick Nisbett, IDS Research Fellow in the Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction team

T: +44 (0)1273 915839


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Jessica Meeker is the Nutrition Convenor, Knowledge Services

T: +44 (0)1273 915804


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Photo of Jessica Gordon, Nutrition Evaluation Programme Manager

T: +44 (0)1273 915748


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Photo of Karine Gatellier, Health Convenor in IDS Knowledge Services

T: +44 (0)1273 915739


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Photo of Kelly Shephard, IDS Open Knowledge and Digital Services Unit

T: +44 (0)1273 915795


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Leah Murphy is the Health and Education Convenor with the Knowledge Services

T: +44 (0)1273 915775


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Photo of Richard Longhurst, a Research Associate

T: +44 (0)1273 915751


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Tom Barker is the Senior Nutrition Convenor, Knowledge Services Team

T: +44 (0)1273 915717


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Project Dates:
October 2012 - February 2016
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