Workshop brings SUN Focal Points together ahead of 2019 SUN Global Gathering
Kathmandu, NEPAL — On the eve of the opening of the 2019 Scaling Up Nutrition Global Gathering in Kathmandu, Monday, November 4th 2019, the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Secretariat convened a workshop for SUN Focal Points from around the world.
Posted on February 27, 2020
Kathmandu, NEPAL — On the eve of the opening of the 2019 Scaling Up Nutrition Global Gathering in Kathmandu, Monday, November 4th 2019, the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Secretariat convened a workshop for SUN Focal Points from around the world. The workshop was very well attended by focal points from all SUN countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The purpose of the workshop was to share information and improve coordination across the movement regarding:
Nutrition International supported the event in various ways. Nutrition International contributed to the design of the event and availed several of its staff that helped to facilitate the session and group discussions. SUN Focal Points of countries supported by Nutrition International’s Nutrition Technical Assistance Mechanism (NTEAM), through its Technical Assistance for Nutrition (TAN) project, funded with UK aid from the UK government, shared their experiences which was appreciated by others, and projected Nutrition International as a valuable technical assistance provision partner.
The half day workshop centred around small group discussions that resulted in engaging, in-depth conversations and some important takeaways, including:
Highlight – learning from Mozambique’s good practices
Under the auspices of Mozambique’s Multi-sectoral Action Plan for the Reduction of Chronic Malnutrition (Plano de Acção Multissectorial para a Redução da Desnutrição Crónica em Moçambique-PAMRDC) developed with Nutrition International support, the government systematically and periodically presents progress and plans. As a result, Mozambique is able to target support and resource allocation to priority areas designated in the national nutrition plan. Additional success factors include:
Highlight – interest and support for developing commitments for Nutrition for Growth 2020
While actors at the global level appear very familiar with the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment process, country representatives at the workshop appeared less familiar and were therefore not always conversant in how to engage in this process.
In terms of technical assistance, many countries are aware of what is available to them under the through NTEAM’s TAN project. It is seen as a valuable mechanism to address many of the points raised in the SUN Focal Points workshop. Several countries indicated that they would like technical assistance support to continue, including technical assistance during the N4G process, and for it to be supported by donors. Countries would also like greater clarity around the different channels for accessing technical assistance. A brief recently developed jointly by the Emergency Nutrition Network, Nutrition International and MQSUN+ aims to clarify this.
For more information and media coverage please visit the SUN Movement GG 2019 page