The Power of Nutrition has been mandated to mobilise $1 billion of new financing for nutrition by 2022. Partnerships with donor governments can play a key role in achieving this goal. The Power of Nutrition’s approach is to broker collaborative partnerships between the public and private sector with investment targeted at high impact nutrition specific interventions.
It is now widely recognised that if we are to meet the targets set out in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals then the development community must find innovative ways to partner with the private sector and use their funds to unlock additional financial resources. Yet nutrition is dangerously underfunded with latest figures reporting that just 0.5% of Official Development Assistance (ODA) is channelled to this sector.
In spite of this, improving nutrition offers donor governments one of the best long term returns on investment – for every $1 invested now $16 will be returned.
By improving access to nutrition in the crucial first 1000 days, we can help ensure a child has the best chance of succeeding in school, making the most of their education and reaching their potential. At a nationwide level, this will lead to stronger, more productive and resilient workforces, contributing to long term economic growth and sustainable development.
Investing in nutrition therefore offers one of the best ways to help countries to thrive and pull themselves out of aid dependency.