Tracking aid for the WHA nutrition targets: Global spending in 2015 and a roadmap to better data

In 2017, the World Bank and partners created the Global Investment Framework for Nutrition as a roadmap towards achieving the World Health Assembly (WHA) nutrition targets by 2025. The framework estimates that the world needs to mobilize an annual additional investment of $7 billion per year to scale-up nutrition-specific interventions at the level needed to achieve the global targets. However, the world is off-track to meet the global targets. And it is unclear whether additional resources will be mobilized for life-saving and cost-effective nutrition-specific interventions, or whether donor support will be enough to meet the annual resource need established by the framework.

Resource tracking for nutrition can help fill these information gaps and can help determine whether investments are sufficiently targeted to the most cost-effective and impactful interventions in places most in need of support. However, data gaps limit the nutrition community’s ability to track disbursements to monitor progress by target.

In this report “Tracking aid for the WHA nutrition targets: Global spending in 2015 and a roadmap to better dataR4D builds on prior work on the Global Investment Framework for Nutrition to refine the method to track donor disbursements to the WHA nutrition targets according to the framework. The report provides information on nutrition-specific donor disbursements to the WHA nutrition targets spent in 2015. By presenting this data, R4D aims to advance the nutrition community’s collective understanding of the financing landscape for nutrition from donors, government focal points, civil society organizations, advocates, and other members of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement.

The report provides data and graphics on donor disbursements to the WHA nutrition targets in 2015 by sector, recipient country (taking burden and income group into account), donor, channel through which funding flows (e.g., whether aid is channeled through UN Institutions, non-governmental organizations, public sector, etc.) and by WHA target. While investments in the enabling environment and nutrition-sensitive activities are critical to achieve the WHA targets, disbursement data is currently unavailable.

This report expands on previous work to track donor support for nutrition, including Action Against Hunger’s Aid for Nutrition series which has been used to support advocacy and resource mobilization for nutrition. By adding WHA target and intervention information to tracking donor support, the community is better able to monitor progress towards the global goals. As such, this analysis contributes to the growing body of work on nutrition resource tracking. However, data gaps and limitations to the approach still exist. The report and policy brief document three recommendations to improve data availability and reporting on donor disbursements for nutrition for the SUN Donor Network to consider.

Please contact Mary D’Alimonte for any questions or comments on this report. Download the full report by clicking the link above, or download the policy brief and supplemental material here:

Global Summary of 2015 donor disbursements

Policy Brief

Supplementary Material

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