© WFP/Diego Fernandez Gabaldon
© WFP/Diego Fernandez Gabaldon

Outcome 1

Increased awareness of the causes of malnutrition and potential solutions

The UN Network leverages the UN’s technical clout and convening power to bring into focus nutrition challenges at the country level and place nutrition on the political agenda. To this end, it  consolidates knowledge – data, expertise and experience – across the UN system to promote a holistic understanding of the nutrition situation, including inequities. This entails working with the government to galvanize and sensitize actors from various institutions and sectors on their respective roles and responsibilities in nutrition. 

UN Network analytics serve as key ingredients for establishing a common language for nutrition dialogue at the country level. They can also be channelled into work on national nutrition advocacy and communications and help to attract increased investment in nutrition. Where REACH facilitators are present, their neutral facilitation and knowledge brokering skills can be tapped to bridge diverse workstreams and to energize and enhance efforts for achieving Outcome 1

Dashboard, comparing the national nutrition situation to three regions in the North

Excerpt from THE GHANA MULTI-SECTORAL NUTRITION OVERVIEW

Ghana MNO Dashboard
High stunting prevalence does not necessarily equate to large numbers of stunted children, as best exhibited in Butha-Buthe

Exceprt from THE LESOTHO MULTI-SECTORAL NUTRITION OVERVIEW

Lesotho MNO excerpt
Comparing changes in stunting and wasting prevalence to identify converging/diverging trends to ensure appropriate action is planned

Excerpt from THE MOZAMBIQUE MULTI-SECTORAL NUTRITION OVERVIEW

Mozambique MNO excerpt
Maternal education and household wealth are the main factors driving inequities for chronic malnutrition in Haiti

Excerpt from THE HAITI MULTI-SECTORAL NUTRITION OVERVIEW

Haiti MNO excerpt
Analytical support can help to ensure that the regions most adversely affected by stunting and low coverage are prioritized through planning exercises

Excerpt from THE MAPPING IN NIGER

Niger Mapping excerpt
Comparing child stunting levels to action intensity at regional level can help to apply a needs-based approach

Excerpt from THE MAPPING IN MYANMAR

Myanmar Mapping excerpt
Mapping can shed light on coverage shortfalls, informing a range of nutrition governance processes

Excerpt from THE MAPPING IN MALI

Mali Mapping excerpt
While nutrition interventions are undertaken in all regions, notably low coverage is observed in about half of them

Excerpt from THE MAPPING IN THE GAMBIA

The Gambia Mapping excerpt

To learn more about the results depicted above, consult the country examples section on the applicable tabs

    Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Overview

    The Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Overview (MNO), developed by REACH, draws upon agency-specific tools and expertise. It uses maps, charts, catchy captions and dashboards to illustrate the multi-dimensional nature of nutrition, highlighting trends such as geographic and gender disparities. This is a critical first step to inform data-driven action and garner efficiencies, helping to reach more vulnerable people and to accelerate progress towards nutrition targets.
     

    List of resources and tools
    Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Overview
    MNO (Situation Analysis) Dashboard

    DISCLAIMER: The MNO tools are available upon request. For further information, please contact unnetworkforsun@wfp.org.

    Country examples

    UNN refers to the UN Network

    Nutrition Stakeholder & Action Mapping

    The mapping tool, developed by REACH in partnership with the Boston Consulting Group, identifies which stakeholders are doing what, where and how in order to provide a comprehensive picture of geographic and population coverage. It galvanises a range of actors, generating qualitative and quantitative data on ‘core nutrition actions’ that are implemented through the health, food, education and social protection sectors as well as those that foster women’s empowerment, resilience and good nutrition governance. This animates the multi-sectorality of nutrition and guides scale-up in an efficient manner. In some cases, countries are looking to the mapping to track the implementation status of national nutrition plans, further attesting the utility of the exercise.

    Country examples
    National Nutrition Advocacy & Communication Strategies

    National Nutrition Advocacy and Communications Strategies articulate a common framework to guide how actors communicate about nutrition with different audiences and through different communication channels. These strategies foster the development and dissemination of coherent nutrition messaging and related activities to raise awareness about the nutrition challenges in a given country. The UN Network supports the development of these materials, where possible, drawing upon its neutral REACH facilitators to support government staff broker between sectors and stakeholder groups for this purpose.

    List of resources and tools
    Country examples
    Nutrition Knowledge-Sharing Platforms

    This is an emerging area of work that the UN Network is supporting. Nutrition knowledge-sharing platforms typically take the form of web-based portals, which are owned by the government. They include a range of data, such as stakeholder profiles, mapping data and outputs, and other resources to foster knowledge-sharing among diverse actors. The portals also confer multiple functionalities, and in some cases, can serve as a vehicle to track the implementation status of the national nutrition plan.

    List of resources and tools
    Country examples