About Us

The Power of Nutrition is an independent charitable foundation, which was established in 2015 to catalyse greater investment in nutrition programmes and transform children’s futures on a scale that few can achieve alone.

about the power of nutrition

The Power of Nutrition was set up in 2015, in response to the global burden of stunting in children under five – at that time 160 million children – and to help address the significant under-funding of the nutrition space.

At the heart of how The Power of Nutrition works is an innovative financing platform that guarantees that every dollar in private funding is multiplied by at least four times. This funding approach enables us to invest in programmes delivered by world class implementing partners that are designed to scale up access to key interventions, improve access to nutrition for mothers and children and tackle the underlying causing of undernutrition and stunting.

Our work is driven by an executive team, primarily based in London, overseen by an independent Board of Trustees and supported by a panel of experienced technical experts.

our founding partners

The Power of Nutrition was formed in 2015 by our two founding funders, the UK government (DFID), Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. To date these founding funders have committed more than $150m to The Power of Nutrition.

They were soon joined by the UBS Optimus Foundation, another founding partner, as our first investor, and by the World Bank and UNICEF as our implementing partners.

From formation, we have also worked closely with other organisations with significant expertise and experience tackling undernutrition and stunting.

TO DATE OUR FOUNDING FUNDERS HAVE COMMITTED MORE THAN $150M TO THE POWER OF NUTRITION

THE POWER OF NUTRITION AIMS TO SUPPORT EFFORTS TO REDUCE UNDERNUTRITION AND STUNTING

Our Aims and objectives

The Power of Nutrition aims to support efforts to reduce undernutrition and stunting by pursuing the following core objectives:

  • To mobilise new funds for nutrition and unlock $1billion in new investment in nutrition by 2022;
  • To scale up nutrition services to reach an additional 17 million children and 18 million women, and prevent 600,000 cases of stunting, 60,000 child deaths and 1.5 million cases of maternal anaemia;
  • To increase national governments’ prioritisation of nutrition through policy development, improved systems and practices and greater public financing of nutrition programmes;
  • To generate a greater international focus on tackling undernutrition – encouraging greater action by donor governments, international NGOs and global institutions, through increased investment and programming.

Our history

 

In little over three years, The Power of Nutrition has made significant progress against these objectives:

  • APRIL 2015

    The Power of Nutrition is officially launched

    16 April 2015 – The Power of Nutrition is officially launched at the World Bank Spring meetings with the aim of raising $1 billion in new funds for nutrition programmes.

  • MAY 2015

    First Investment Approved

    28 May 2015: The Power of Nutrition Board approves $20 million investment into $44 million programme with the World Bank in Tanzania.

  • MAY 2016

    Investment in Liberia Approved

    20 May 2016: The Power of Nutrition Board approves $4.6 million investment into $9.2 million programme with UNICEF in Liberia.

  • FEBRUARY 2017

    Investment in Ethiopia Approved

    8 February 2017: The Power of Nutrition Board approves $20 million investment into $40 million programme with the World Bank in Ethiopia, as part of broader $230 million health programme.

  • SEPTEMBER 2017

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers Recognition

    20 September 2017 – The Power of Nutrition is named a global ‘Goalkeeper’ by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in New York

  • OCTOBER 2017

    Investment in Madagascar Approved

    6 October 2017: The Power of Nutrition Board approves $10 million investment into $90 million programme with the World Bank in Madagascar, as phase one of a wider $200 million, 10-year programme

  • NOVEMBER 2017

    Investment in Côte d’Ivoire Approved

    23 November 2017: The Power of Nutrition Board approves $10.4 million investment into $60.4 million programme with the World Bank in Côte d’Ivoire.

  • DECEMBER 2017

    Investment in Rwanda Approved

    21 December 2017: The Power of Nutrition Board approves $35 million investment into $116 million programme with the World Bank in Rwanda.

  • APRIL 2018

    UK Government commits further £42m to The Power of Nutrition

    17 April 2018: The UK’s Department for International Development announced a further £42 million for The Power of Nutrition to use for matching new programmes to stop the cycle of undernutrition.

  • APRIL 2018

    $35m Investment in Rwanda Featured at Global Citizens Event in London

    18 April 2018: The Power of Nutrition Ambassador Tracey Ullman took to the stage of the London 2018 Global Citizens Event with Rwandan Minister Dr Patrick Ndimubanzi to announce the Rwanda programme.

  • DECEMBER 2018

    Investment in Benin approved

    December 2018: The Power of Nutrition Board approves $5 million investment into $10 million programme with UNICEF in Benin.

  • MARCH 2019

    Investment in Nigeria approved

    March 2019: The Power of Nutrition Board approves a $3.9 million investment in a Bank-Executed Trust Fund for the Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria Programme.

  • MARCH 2019

    Investment in Burkina Faso approved

    March 2019: The Power of Nutrition Board approves a $10 million investment into the $30 million programme with the World Bank supporting the nutrition component of the Government of Burkina Faso’s Health Services Reinforcement Project.

  • MAY 2019

    Investment in Indonesia approved

    May 2019: The Power of Nutrition Board approves a $5 million investment into the $10 million programme with Save the Children and Nutrition International to assist the Government of Indonesia transform lives.

  • JUNE 2019

    Investment in Gujarat, India, approved

    June 2019: The Power of Nutrition Board approves a $8 million investment into the $13 million programme with CARE and Action Against Hunger to support the Government of Gujarat to implement the Gujarat Nutrition Programme.