Six case studies examine the political, institutional and governance aspects of delivering a national multi-sectoral response to undernutrition.
A new research project, Analysing Nutrition Governance, looked behind standard nutrition indicators to find out why some countries achieve improved nutrition outcomes, while others make insufficient progress. Based on evidence from Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Peru and Zambia, the project aims to inform nutrition policy and advocacy. Funded by the UK Department for International Development, the research has been produced by Transform Nutrition partner the Institute of Development Studies.
The policy briefing summarises the key lessons on nutrition governance for those working on nutrition policy and advocacy:
- National government commitment is critical to putting nutrition on the development agenda and to coordinating action across sectors;
- Nutrition efforts are more sustainable when local politicians feel ownership of policies and have incentives to attend the needs of citizens;
- Funding mechanisms should be structured to ensure government ownership and cooperation;
- Nutrition data need to be collected, analysed and disseminated in a timely and reliable way to support advocacy movements and build political commitment.