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

UPDATE

The Nutrition for Growth Summit, hosted by the Government of Japan, is meant to convene a cross-section of stakeholders 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. And, as the Government of Japan has recently made the difficult decision to push the nutrition Summit from 2020 into 2021, we will not allow attention to fade from the global agenda.

We whole-heartedly hope that the Summit progresses in some form in December but will support the Government of Japan in their imminent decision. In the meantime, our efforts will not abide, albeit will be emerging from a more digital space. We will continue to describe the urgency of funding nutrition, now more than ever. We will continue to put the impact of stunting on economies front and centre of our narrative and positioning. And, most importantly, we will continue to highlight that the most vulnerable future generation – those awaiting further financial commitments from the nutrition community in 2020 –  will be at even greater risk if the global ‘we’ decides to pause, not act.

BACKGROUND

The first Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit, hosted by the UK Government in 2013, improved awareness for the urgency of good nutrition. It led to the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016 to 2025), where world leaders committing to end “all forms of malnutrition” by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and gave birth to 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 many of these commitments set to expire at the end of 2020, including those commitments from the UK Government, the Government of Japan was scheduled to host the next N4G Summit this coming December. Now pushed to an undecided date in 2021 (TBC September), it is ever pressing that donors ensure a continuation of nutrition finance at current levels to avoid a cliff edge in financing. This bridge in commitments will be especially important given the potential eighteen-month lull in the injection of nutrition financing to the Global South.

THE SUMMIT

 

Everyone, everywhere needs good nutrition to live a healthy, productive life.

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 through to the Summit. A Commitment-Making Guide has been made available to support these efforts.

More specifically, partners will convene at the N4G Summit to change the world’s current nutrition trajectory by:

  • Adopting stronger, evidence-based nutrition policies at global, regional, and country levels
  • Pledging to increase financing for proven nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions
  • Committing to align and harmonize actions across sectors and stakeholders

These actions will ensure individuals and families have the nutrition they need to live healthy and productive lives and that countries have the human capital they need to fuel health, social, and economic development in the final decade of the SDGs.

A HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO ACCELERATE PROGRESS ON NUTRITION. WE SEE ENORMOUS OPPORTUNITY IN BRINGING OUR PIONEERING MODEL TO THE N4G SUMMIT .

WHY PARTNER WITH US ON THE PATH TO N4G

Through the vision, commitment and financing from UK Aid, The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, UBS Optimus Foundation, the World Bank and UNICEF as Founding Partners, The Power of Nutrition was born as the first-ever innovative financing facility for nutrition that leverages resources and partnerships from diverse sources – with a focus on private sector investment. 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 (Official Development Assistance) channelled to nutrition.

Our distinctive platform encourages and enables:

    • Focus: The Power of Nutrition is singularly focused on nutrition versus the broader health remit of others;
    • 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 structure;
    • High standards: inclusive of data gathering, Monitoring & Evaluation and overall programmatic due diligence;
    • 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 that our funding can be used to leverage further domestic funding – securing sustainability and ensuring responsible donor exit over time;
    • 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

OUR IMPACT

Nearly five years since the birth of The Power of Nutrition, we have mobilised over US $450 million for programmes in 11 countries using our model. In five of those investments, in Liberia, Tanzania, Madagascar, Benin and Ethiopia, over 30 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 pioneering model to the N4G Summit and ensuring pledges go further with a specific focus on mobilising domestic resource and engaging private sector investment at scale.

JOIN US TO TRANSFORM THE WAY THE WORLD TACKLES UNDERNUTRITION:

  • 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

Contact Us

 

Contact Kristin Hall, Head of Nutrition for Growth Strategy at khall@powerofnutrition.org

Resources

 

Innovative funding and partnerships to improve nutrition

– Kristin Hall, Head of Nutrition for Growth Strategy, The Power of Nutrition

 

UK NGOs warn of ‘cliff edge’ for nutrition funding 

– William Worley, Devex

 

Global Nutrition Report 2020

 

We must support country-level nutrition stakeholders to respond to the COVID crisis and set a stronger course towards a more nourished world

– Gerda Verburg, Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement and UN Assistant Secretary-General

 

2020 must be year of action on nutrition, advocates say

–  Teresa Welsh, Devex