Boundary-spanning Actors in Complex Adaptive Governance Systems: The Case of Multisectoral Nutrition

Journal Articles
Sectors:
Nutrition
Organization:
The International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Author:
David Pelletier, Suzanne Gervais, Hajra Hafeez‐ur‐Rehman, et al.
Region:
Africa
Resource Publication Date:
November, 2017
Content Format:
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This study documents the strategies, tactics, and challenges of boundary-spanning actors working in four Sub-Saharan Africa countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Ethiopia, and Uganda), where they supported multisectoral nutrition activities as part of the African Nutrition Security Partnership. These actors and their collaborators deployed a wide range of strategies in complicated political environments, making significant progress despite challenges at the individual, organizational, and system levels. The authors conclude that, with the right conditions, intentional boundary spanning can be a feasible and acceptable practice within a multisectoral, complex adaptive system in low- and middle-income countries.

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