About Us

Who we are?

Nutrition Action Zimbabwe is a registered Private Voluntary Organization (PVO 38/19) working in Zimbabwe. Its major driving force is to meet the immediate and long term food and nutrition needs of targeted communities and building their resilience to respond to repeated shocks.

NAZ was formed and started operations in 2014 (initially as a Trust) and is now a registered PVO. Initial years were dedicated to internal capacity development, as well as developing the capaticy of other local NGOs within the Zimbabwe Scaling up Nutrition network. Full operations begun in 2016 and NAZ has successfully implemented projects in partnership with other NGOs, as well as on its own.

Our Objectives

  • To improve the nutrition security of vulnerable communities in Zimbabwe.
  • To reduce malnutrition related morbidity and mortality amongst children.
  • To promote sustainable livelihood resilient projects among households vulnerable to hunger.

Our Strategy

NAZ believes in strong partnerships to pool resources for lasting impact. It has partnered with National, Regional and International including the government of Zimbabwe to design and implement nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive programming in Zimbabwe.

Our Approaches

  • Needs based – Our interventions are evidence based hence informed by the needs of the targeted beneficiaries. We are community centred and rely on field assessment reports, secondary data from other development partners and national reports to design our programmes. As such we have conducted internal surveys and participated in National surveys since 2014. This gives the organisation an oversight of most vulnerable and priority areas for support.

  • Cost-effective solution – We employ cost effective solutions with an emphasis on utilisation of locally available resources and community centred solutions. For nutrition interventions this has meant promotion and utilisation of traditional foods, fruits, roots, edible insects and other local foods. This has been strengthened through development of district seasonal food and cooking demonstration. We promote utilisation of locally available resources for communities to build and strengthen their resilience to different shocks.

  • Community based – NAZ believes in real time services delivery. Based on this, the organisation has maintained heavy presence at Ward level where activities happen. NAZ’s decentralised structure has five base offices equipped with competent staff, vehicles and motor bikes for effective service delivery. This is supported by a small technical staff at National level that provides strategic leadership and overall reporting.

  • Sustainability – We believe in practical and proven strategies which guarantee positive results. Such strategies are replicated elsewhere building on lessons learnt for effectiveness and increased impact. This includes mentorship and capacity building of local governance structures as custodians of such interventions well after grant support. Examples of such strategies include the Care Group model which is driven by volunteer lead mothers with support from community health workers which has been acknowledged to be working very well by key stakeholders.

  • Partnerships – We believe in strong and winning partnerships which bring positive results. We are team spirited and open to work with other technical partners for quality assurance and holistic service delivery which is transformational.

  • Governance - Our structure is supported by a Board of directors with varied technical expertise and experience in Food security and disaster risk reduction, nutrition, WASH, Research and development and Financial Management. This board meets on quarterly basis to review organisational progress, give policy guidance and plan ahead.

  • Gender Mainstreaming - NAZ is a gender sensitive organisation and do recognise the need for equal attention to women, girls, men and boys in addressing their different humanitarian needs. This is in line with SDG 5, Achieve gender equality and empowers women and girls. Gender mainstreaming is considered at all stages of project cycle management. Project staff conduct gender sensitive needs assessments for all projects to identify priorities for different groups including male, females, boys girls and other marginalised groups in order to promote gender equity. This is done through meaningful involvement and participation of males, females, boys, girls and other marginalised groups. The precision of such strategy is enhanced through use of a Stepping Stones approach which promotes the participatory and progressive engagement of communities in mainstreaming gender rather than the prescriptive and “hit-and-run” approach. The Stepping Stones approach allows participants, through a number of sessions, to identify gender and social exclusion issues within their communities, discuss how these factors affect the development and welfare of individuals and groups within the community and allows the participants to come up with own solutions to gender inequality and social exclusion.
    The results of such process are then used to design specific interventions which promote gender equity is accessing and utilising project services.
    Some of the gender sensitive activities prioritised include by NAZ include;

    - Targeting men so that they are involved and participate in nutrition programming activities alongside their pregnant and lactating partners. Some man have been selected as lead fathers, a role ordinarily given to women while others have been recruited as male advocates to promote Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices.
    - Male engagement to let them appreciate the value of women participation in leadership so that they can support them and allow them to attend different meetings even outside their areas.
    - Targeting influential members of the family such as mothers in law and elderly women with nutrition messages so that they can engage in positive behaviour which promotes good IYCF practices.
    - Promoting Gender sensitive work norms which ensures that duties are allocated based on physiological status of the targeted beneficiaries and promoting child feeding for lactating women.
    - Ensuring that project meetings are done at convenient places and times for all targeted beneficiaries. - Promoting labour saving technologies which are manageable for women boys and girls.

Vision, Mission & Values

Eliminating Chronic Malnutrition and hunger on vulnerable communities through nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive intervention.

Vision

For a Zimbabwe without Malnutrition.

Mission

Eliminating Chronic Malnutrition and hunger on vulnerable communities through nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive interventions.

Values

  • Sustainability
  • Accountability
  • Integrity
  • Empowerment
  • Innovation

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