Summing Up

Back from Tanzania and back on campus, I’ve had the chance to analyze my findings from the summer and reflect on my project as a whole. Overall in the span of about 5 week, I conducted 12 interviews with members of 11 organizations. All of my respondents were all professionals dealing with the implementation of Tanzania’s National Nutrition Strategy (NNS). Their organizations ranged from Tanzanian governmental agencies to UN bodies to private businesses. Their insights taught me about how nutritional policy is implemented, but more broadly about how international development is done.

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The Importance of Student Research

Who knows what will become of my summer project. Maybe the report I present to my respondents will be extremely useful and help them better implement nutrition policy in Tanzania, or maybe it will just reinforce what they already know. I hope to compile something that can at least point them towards new ideas and approaches. But selfishly, I already know I’ve gained so much.

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Emerging Themes

A few days ago I had one of my best interviews yet. The respondent had an amazing sense of what needs to be done to move Tanzania and the National Nutrition Strategy forward, but struggled to from his position. Already I’m seeing that many respondents think the nutrition landscape of Tanzania has changed in the last few years, since the introduction of the SUN movement. There’s a great positive feeling for the movement and national stakeholders are definitely getting more involved in the issue.

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Scheduling

One of the most frustrating things I have found about conducting an interview project over the three I’ve been involved in is actually scheduling the interviews. But scheduling interviews here wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected. My target population was nutrition stakeholders on the national level. So naturally I assumed no one would have time to talk to me. But experts in organizations from the UN to the Tanzanian government have genuinely wanted to speak with me and it’s a kindness I hope to repay if and when I break into the development and nutrition field.

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Questionnaire Development

I’m sorry the combination of intensive Swahili classes and limited internet have kept me from blogging, but I’m officially the full swing of my project it’s time for some updates. While the interview portion of my project is well underway, I wanted to take a moment to discuss the work that goes into a survey. Which after three survey projects I have found is always more than you expect.

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