Nutrition for Growth 2020 – Join The Power of Nutrition in transforming the way the world tackles undernutrition


The first Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit, hosted by the UK Government in 2013 following the London Olympic Games in 2012, improved awareness about the urgency of good nutrition. It led to the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016 to 2025), world leaders committing to end “all forms of malnutrition” by 2030 as part of the SDGs, and the birth of organisations such as The Power of Nutrition. It also successfully mobilised £17 billion – including £1.25 billion in new investments[1] from the UK Government – to combat malnutrition globally.

With these commitments set to expire at the end of 2020, the Government of Japan is hosting the next N4G Summit following the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this coming December. This will be a major opportunity to continue transforming the way the world tackles the global challenge of malnutrition. The Summit is seen as the last big global opportunity to mobilise commitments for nutrition that can deliver results by 2025, the end of the Decade of Action for Nutrition and the deadline to reach the World Health Assembly global nutrition targets.

Meeting these targets will require a scale up of investment in nutrition – with a specific focus on innovative and domestic financing.




The Summit will be a high-level event structured to announce renewed, new and diverse policy and financial commitments to support progress towards global nutrition goals and targets, and to provide a roadmap forward to 2030 for the global community.[2] The Government of Japan is inviting all stakeholders and constituency groups,  including donor governments, recipient governments, multilateral, international, philanthropic organisations, civil society and importantly, the private sector to make a pledge to improve nutrition. A pledge can be made at any point in 2020. A Commitment-Making Guide has been made available to support these efforts.

The Summit will be preceded by a N4G Goalkeepers Kick-Off Event on 23 July on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this event will feature a focused set of key actors who will be expected to make ambitious pledges to spur action towards the Summit in December 2020.



The Power of Nutrition, the first-ever innovative financing facility for nutrition that leverages resources and partnerships from diverse sources – with a focus on private sector investment – was launched in 2015. The ambitions for its genesis were driven by the global burden of stunting in children under age 5 – at that time in excess of 160 million children – as well as significant underfunding of nutrition – with less than 1% of global ODA channelled to nutrition. Building on proven, long-established interventions, and yet moving away from traditional aid structures, our model has proven to be successful.

Our unique platform encourages and enables:

    • Proven Value for Money: we guarantee that every investment is multiplied 4 times – (1) An investor contributes > (2) The Power of Nutrition doubles the contribution > (3) The total is again doubled by our implementing partners > (4) The contribution is directed to an approved scalable and sustainable nutrition programme
    • De-fragmentation of both the finance and programming space: we are a small and lean group that work through globally renowned nutrition partners to strengthen national health systems and existing value chains rather than implementing directly. We wield high-level influence with these partners to encourage more ambition in nutrition programmes. Additionally, we attract funding from non-traditional private sector sources and advance the crowding in of new investors into a fully funded capital structures
    • Focus: The Power of Nutrition is singularly focused on nutrition versus the broader health remit of others
    • System change and sustainability: we have demonstrated the value add of using private sector to leverage IDA (International Development Assistance) and are now looking to demonstrate IDA can be used to leverage further domestic funding – securing sustainability and ensuring donor exit over time
    • High standards: inclusive of data gathering, Monitoring & Evaluation and overall programmatic due diligence


Nearly five years since the birth of The Power of Nutrition, we have mobilised over US $430 million for programmes in 11 countries using our model. In five of those investments, in Liberia, Tanzania, Madagascar, Benin and Ethiopia, approximately 44 million children, adolescent girls and women of childbearing age have gained access to vital nutrition services, taking us a step forward towards the elimination of stunting.

Yet, there is still much work to do.

With these high levels of stunting amongst children, we can expect the number of stunted adults to continue to grow. This will inevitably have a huge impact on nutrition related health costs on countries, as well as the productivity and prosperity of their workforce, the private sector and businesses which employ them, and ultimately on their economies.

We believe that if global donors, alongside high-burden country governments, the private sector and civil society, do not refocus on the task at hand to end malnutrition in all its forms by 2030, and renew their pledges for 2021 and beyond, progress made so far is likely to be stalled, putting millions of lives at risk and threatening economic progress.

Therefore, we see enormous opportunity in bringing our innovative model to the N4G Summit with a concrete strategy to leverage private sector and domestic investments for scalability and sustainability.


  • Support progress towards global nutrition goals and targets and ensue your money goes further by pledging a SMART financial commitment towards the N4G Summit under The Power of Nutrition’s unique financing models

  • Participate in and partner with The Power of Nutrition at prioritised key global moments, initiatives and processes to build momentum and to secure commitments in the run up to the N4G Summit and beyond