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Aid for Nutrition: Using innovative financing to end undernutrition

Sep 12 2012

In follow up to Action Against Hunger’s report - Aid for Nutrition: Can investments to scale up nutrition actions be accurately tracked - ACF has published a second report which explores the future financing of nutrition interventions.

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Aid for Nutrition 2012

Aid for Nutrition: Using innovative financing to end undernutrition sets out to answer a number of questions relating to the future funding of a bundle of essential direct nutrition interventions.

If full and timely investment is made in these key interventions, then countries with high burdens of undernutrition stand a much greater chance of saving the lives of millions of children and providing them with the opportunity to lead full, healthy lives and furthering their own development.

 

The report addresses three questions:

  • How much more investment will be needed to implement the direct nutrition interventions at scale in the coming years? 
  • How can the costs of scaling up nutrition interventions be divided between the domestic sources in the high burden countries and external sources?
  • Which innovative financing mechanisms exist for both domestic governments and external donors to raise the additional funds needed?
     

While the report proposes a number of financing options, it does not recommend one option in particular. Instead it aims to provide domestic and external donors and national governments  with proof that the costs of scaling up nutrition are not insurmountable. As such, it discusses the implications of splitting the costs for scaling up nutrition between domestic and national sources and various innovative financing options.

The recommendations of this report are particularly targeted at the member countries and organisations of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, the multi-stakeholder initiative launched in 2009 which aims to increase investments and action to improve nutrition for mothers and children in the critical 1000 day period between the child’s conception and 2nd birthday.

Both reports were launched at a panel discussion at the House of Commons on the 12th September 2012.