• Donor

The below resources are considered useful for donor agencies.  Where available, tools are also provided in Swahili.


Overview of stunting reduction toolkit

This document provides an overview of the purpose and contents of the toolkit. 

Toolkit overview



This document provides a complete list of acronyms that you'll find in the toolkit resources.

Toolkit acronyms


How to collaborate successfully with the Government of Tanzania to implement multi-sectoral nutrition interventions

Before the ASTUTE programme began, many nonprofit nutrition programmes were run parallel to, but separately from, government activities.  As a result, programme implementers often failed to communicate regularly and integrate their work plans with government efforts.  Furthermore, interventions often ended after donor-funded programming did.  To tackle this challenge, UK Aid sponsored the ASTUTE nutrition project which was deliberately co-created with the government and aligned with its Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Action Plan.  This document makes recommendations about how to engage the government in activities whose purpose is to reduce stunting in children and to improve women's diets through integrated nutrition activities. 

How to collaborate with the government


How ASTUTE uses innovative behaviour change approaches to improve community nutrition practices in Tanzania

This document—developed at the inception of the ASTUTE programme—outlines ASTUTE’s overall strategies at the national, regional, LGA, and community levels to make it innovative, unique, and effective. This document includes a short description of the tools presented in this kit, designed to improve the uptake of behaviours known to reduce stunting and improve maternal nutrition.

ASTUTE's approach to SBC


How evidence transformed the design of SBCC strategies to improve nutrition in Tanzania

Social and Behaviour Change (SBC) programmes are most successful when they marry a thorough understanding of local context with a knowledge of the epidemiology of poor health as well as state-of-the-art programmes that have improved nutrition both inside and outside of Tanzania. This brief describes the evidence-based approach ASTUTE used to design its programs.


Mass Media

Here you will find a tool developed by Development Media International (DMI) that provides guidelines on developing a mass media campaign:

UPLOAD NEW: Mass media campaign strategy Miongozo ya kuendesha kampeni za kuleta mabadiliko ya tabia kwenye jamii kupitia vyombo vya habari (SBCC)


Here you will find a sample of radio spots DMI created for ASTUTE. Radio spots are aired over two-week time periods across much of northwestern Tanzania and the Southern Highlands. They are played on average 10 times a day.

Example CF radio spot text - English

Example CF radio spot text - Swahili

Example CF radio spot - Swahili mp3

Example ECD radio spot text - English

Example ECD radio spot text - Swahili

Example ECD radio spot - Swahili mp3

Example investment radio spot: 


Example plkipiki radio spot:



You will also find a sample of TV spots DMI developed to reach ASTUTE’s target population, which increasingly uses TV as a form of entertainment and news.

Example fish TV spot:


Example chicken TV spot:


Example tree TV spot:


Example fence TV spot



Operations Research

This document lists operations research presentations, publications, manuals, and other documents Cornell University produced under the ASTUTE project. It also lists presentations and publications produced as part of a joint collaboration between ASTUTE and Brigham Young University. Many of these papers and presentations used ASTUTE’s baseline and mid-line data.

Operations research to improve programmes


This document describes the operations research designed and conducted by Cornell University, in collaboration with IMA World Health and the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC), to strengthen ASTUTE intervention efforts through exploration of attitudes and conditions around infant and young child feeding (IYCF) behaviours and local capacity to deliver quality and effective interventions. 

Operations research update


Fixed obligation grants for government accountability

Fixed obligation grants (FOGs) are used to support specific development activities where both the grant donor and recipient understand the costs required to meet certain deliverables and carry out specific activities. IMA provides FOGs to regional and district government to enable the government to plan its nutrition activities and practise allocating these funds. Using FOGs promotes ownership and buy-in from the government at all levels and increases the likelihood that the government will own and sustain stunting reduction activities following the project’s end. This document describes strategies ASTUTE has used to successfully implement FOGs, as well as lessons learnt and recommendations.

Fixed obligation grants for government accountability Kutumia ruzuku wajibifu kuinua dhamira ya serikali na matokeo chanya katika kutanzua udumavu


Accounting for disabilities in stunting programmes

This document provides 1) a rationale for more fully including the disabled in nutrition programmes 2) a summary of what Tanzanian law says about working with disabled populations 3) guidance for programme implementers, and 4) links to additional resources.

Accounting for disabilities in stunting programs

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