We are living up to our name by shifting beyond a focus on stunting to tackle all forms of malnutrition – underweight, stunting, wasting, micronutrient deficiencies and even a partial expansion into overweight and obesity. We will expand our approach from a historically health systems focus to a multisectoral model, leveraging the collective impact of health, food systems, social protection, water, sanitation and hygiene, early child development and gender on nutrition outcomes. We will keep our focus on improving nutrition outcomes in countries across Africa and Asia with the highest burdens of undernutrition.
We will shift from one prescriptive to two responsive, innovative models:
• Nutrition Flex – a more flexible version of our current model, still focused on overall leverage, scale and sustainability, but with more accommodating partnership criteria and the ability to create products people want.
• Nutrition Ventures – a new entity that will identify, pilot, develop and scale innovative mechanisms that will allow us to tap into the rapidly expanding innovative financing space, including: payment-by-results, blended finance, impact investing, market guarantees, insurance, capital market social bonds and the rapidly growing global demand for wider ‘ESG – Environment, Social and Governance’ investments. Nutrition Ventures aims to be a global hub for innovative nutrition financing. It will allow us to go where the money is – moving beyond purely traditional grant finance by embracing the full potential of new financing flows and replicating successes seen in other sectors.
This more flexible model will help us re-energise partnerships and significantly expand our donor base to unlock new funds and exciting partnerships.