Malnutrition is a pervasive problem around the globe that continues to take lives and prevent people from thriving and reaching their full potential. We must invest in nutrition in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of eliminating poverty, achieving zero hunger and saving lives by 2030.
Yet nutrition has historically been a relatively low priority for country governments and donor organizations because it is often included as part of other health-related efforts. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that existing investments — which are often multisectoral and involve many different actors — have been poorly and sometimes inaccurately tracked. Change agents around the globe need help answering key questions, including:
- How much will it cost to scale up effective nutrition interventions across sectors?
- How much is already being spent?
- How much will different actors (country governments, donors, the private sector) need to contribute to achieve the global nutrition goals?
- How can innovative sources of finance be leveraged for nutrition?
- How can progress be measured and different parties held accountable for their commitments?
R4D’s nutrition financing portfolio aims to answer these questions and works with a broad range of actors to increase funding to address and end malnutrition.
Our extensive expertise in costing, budgeting, resource mobilization and tracking is a combination of strong budget and financial analytics, knowledge of the nutrition field and expertise in supporting policymakers. We work in close consultation with government officials, donors and civil society to understand what data they need to increase funding for nutrition and allocative efficiencies. We provide them with the tools, training, technical support and connections they need to get a bigger slice of the pie — and to use it effectively.
At the global level, R4D developed the first-ever financing scenarios with a fair share analysis to reach the Global Nutrition targets and is tracking funding across sectors as it flows from donors to the implementation of lifesaving interventions in high-burden countries. Information on how much is spent by donor, country and intervention will be used to inform high-level nutrition advocacy and resource mobilization. We also supported the founders of the Power of Nutrition in designing the most appropriate structure for this innovative resource mobilization mechanism for nutrition. At the country level in Ethiopia and India, R4D is supporting governments and partners in costing programs and tracking funding for nutrition from all sources — including on- and off-budget contributions across sectors that may not be consolidated — to ensure that local change agents are supported with the data needed to inform policy and planning discussions.