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.
- 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.
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.
- 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
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.
For a Zimbabwe without Malnutrition.
Eliminating Chronic Malnutrition and hunger on vulnerable communities through nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive interventions.