EU support to the Scaling-up Nutrition (SUN) movement secretariat (SMS)

EU support to the Scaling-up Nutrition (SUN) movement secretariat (SMS)

First phase (2012 – 2016) of the EU support to the Scaling-up Nutrition (SUN) movement secretariat

The global guidance has helped us as we are learning from what is being done at the global level and the strategy adapted and trying to do the same thing at the county level and this was very helpful. We are also learning what other countries are doing

Gladys Mugambi, SUN focal point for Kenya

CONTEXT

The SUN movement, a multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral effort, was established in 2010 in a context where action was needed to end malnutrition in all its form and achieve the Millennium Development Goals. The EU has supported the SUN movement since its establishment. Commissioner Mimica is a member of its Lead Group. The SUN Movement Secretariat (SMS) was established in 2012 to provide support to the Lead Group, SUN Countries and SUN Networks. The EU supports the SMS since the beginning through a 1st phase (2012-2016) and has renewed its support with a 2nd phase (2018-2020) of EUR 4 million

OBJECTIVES

  • The overall objective of the EU support to the SMS is to reinforce the SUN Movement in honouring its vision and mission by addressing immediate and underlying causes of under-nutrition in a way that empowers women and therefore contributes to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to the global targets established by the World Health Assembly (WHA) in 2012.
  • The specific objective of this project is to strengthen the SUN Movement Secretariat to enable it to fulfill its mission of supporting the SUN Movement in its efforts to maintain nutrition on the top priorities of the international development agenda and to enable each SUN country to achieve progress against their commitments for the reduction of under-nutrition.
  • More precisely, the SMS aims (i) to create an enabling political environment, with strong in-country leadership, and a shared space where stakeholders align their activities and take joint responsibility for scaling up nutrition;
  • (ii) to establish best practices for scaling up proven interventions, including the adoption of effective laws and policies;
  • (iii) to align actions around high quality and well-costed country plans, with an agreed results framework and mutual accountability;
  • (iv) to increase resources towards coherent aligned approaches.

RESULTS

  • A better understanding of national needs and challenges and encouragement of the achievement of progress by countries to scale up nutrition.
  • An increased accountable stewardship of the SUN Movement Lead Group by offering strategic guidance to all stakeholders which support the Movement's efforts to sustain the political attention to undernutrition and to increase investments in nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions.
  • An improvement in the capacity of each SUN Country to bring together national stakeholders for implementation of effective actions to Scale-Up Nutrition, to learn best practices from each other, to share knowledge and to access aligned external support for realising its objectives.
  • A more efficient contribution and support to the SUN networks for a responsive and aligned assistance to the needs of SUN Countries in a timely and effective way. In 2016, the SMS had received 92 requests from SUN Countries for technical support to increase capacity to deliver scaled-up nutrition efforts–78 of which had been addressed. It supported over 20 countries to finalize their cost estimates for national nutrition plans and over 40 Countries toparticipate in national budget analysis
  • In 2017, Afghanistan was the 60th country to join the SUN movement.

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • 52 million children under 5 years of age are wasted, 155 million are stunted, while 41 million are overweight or obese (source: WHO)
  • Around 45% of deaths among children under 5 years of age are linked to undernutrition
  • In 2010, The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement was launched led by countries and supported by multiple stakeholders
  • In 2012, the EU made a commitment to support countries in reducing the number of stunted children under the age of 5 by at least 7 million by 2025
  • In 2013, the EU made a financial commitment to allocate EU 3.5 billion between 2014 and 2020 on nutrition interventions to help reduce stunting
  • In 2016, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2016–2025 the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition which is an unprecedented opportunity for addressing all forms of malnutrition
  • The Commission is a donor convener in 8 countries : Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Lao PDR, Mozambique, Niger, Yemen and Zimbabwe.

TESTIMONY

Gladys Mugambi, SUN focal point for Kenya

"The movement helped bring together the various ministries, raising the prospects of successful implementation of the new framework.

The global guidance has helped us as we are learning from what is being done at the global level and the strategy adapted and trying to do the same thing at the county level and this was very helpful. We are also learning what other countries are doing. We are focused on countries who are around us and that have similar issues (such as Uganda, Malawi and Tanzania) and each of those countries have achieved something. For example, in Uganda we see that the coordination being done from the office of the prime minister. In Tanzania we have seen engagement from high level leaders such as the former president and in Malawi we can see how they scaled up the agriculture programs."