Can community ownership of school feeding programs improve delivery of services?
The National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) was established in 2015 by the Federal Government of Nigeria to address rising concerns regarding the low rate of primary school enrollment and attendance. The program, which was to be implemented on a national scale was housed under the National Social Investment Office (NSIO) – a body instituted to manage the implementation of national social investment programs. Over the subsequent two years, the NHGSFP had extended to over 30,000 schools across 19 states (out of 36), reaching over 6.5 million pupils, engaging over 60,000 cooks and supplying food from local agricultural producers.
As this program was deployed, there was an interest in developing a set of interventions aimed at improving community ownership over the school feeding program. Busara, as part of the Policy Innovation Unit within the NSIO, developed and tested a set of nudges to improve community engagement with the school feeding program.