This report is a synthesis of work undertaken by countries in the
movement for Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN). The costed nutrition plans for
20 countries are analysed, looking at the assumptions made, the priority
areas and targets which were set and the methods used, to determine
whether they are responsive to the identified needs. It provides a basis
for identifying priority areas for investment in each country, exploring
answers to the questions - Are plans aligned with evidence-based
recommendations? Is responsibility going beyond health sector? Which
other sectors are engaged? What is the balance between specific
nutrition interventions, nutrition-sensitive approaches and governance?
What are the opportunities for non-Government stakeholders?
Each country’s data is presented in a 2 page summary, outlining the
scale of malnutrition, the distribution of programmes between specific,
sensitive and governance and an outline of the costs, priorities and
funding gaps. The plans themselves all have different strengths and
weaknesses. This heterogeneity is inevitable, if only because countries
have different interlinked sets of nutrition problems as this report
clearly shows. But countries also have different sets of nutrition
capacities. Importantly, the heterogeneity of the plans is a strength,
not a weakness. As Lawrence Haddad concludes, \"the plans serve as the
most credible basis for investments to accelerate the reduction of
undernutrition. They should be analysed, used, improved and backed\".
Scaling Up Nutrition Movement Secretariat. Assignment Report: Planning and Costing For the Acceleration of Actions for Nutrition: Experiences of Countries in the Movement for Scaling Up Nutrition. MQSUN (2014) 117 pp.
Assignment Report: Planning and Costing For the Acceleration of Actions for Nutrition: Experiences of Countries in the Movement for Scaling Up Nutrition