© WFP/Diego Fernandez Gabaldon
© WFP/Diego Fernandez Gabaldon

Capacity strengthening

Outcome 3: Increased human and institutional capacity to support the scaling up of nutrition actions at all levels

The UN [Nutrition] Network (UNN) works closely with national nutrition authorities, including SUN Focal Points, and other stakeholders to support the development of functional and technical capacities for nutrition across three dimensions - the enabling environment, institutions and individuals. Where possible, these efforts are grounded in a comprehensive nutrition assessment to guide the strengthening of multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder processes and partnerships at the national and sub-national levels. Not only does this bring greater coherence to the United Nations capacity development activities, it also enhances a country’s ability to coordinate actions across the complex nutrition landscape.

Countries can draw upon different types of nutrition governance structures to ensure that institutions work together to combat malnutrition

Source: UN Network Secretariat

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Framework for assessing and strengthening nutrition capacity, including coordination, at the country level

Source: Nutrition Capacity Assessment Guidance Note / UN Network Secretariat

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Unpacking the three dimensions of the UN Network’s capacity assessment tool for nutrition

Sources: ‘The Capacity Development Results Framework,’ World Bank Institute, 2009/ ‘The Challenge of Capacity Development: Working Towards Good Practice” OECD/DAC, 2006 / FAO Corporate Strategy for Capacity Development, Annex A ‘The International Consensus on Capacity Development,’ 2009 / UN Network Secretariat

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The UN Network capacity assessment process unfolds across three phases

Source: Nutrition Capacity Assessment Guidance Note / UN Network Secretariat

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    Nutrition Capacity Assessment Guidance Package

    The UN Network’s Capacity Assessment Guidance Package for Nutrition enables countries to comprehensively assess multi-sectoral and sectoral capacity needs for the effective scale up of nutrition actions. Developed by the UN [Nutrition] Network Secretariat in collaboration with the principal members of the UN Network (FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO), the guidance encompasses both technical and functional capacities. This collective effort garners both the specialized expertise of the individual UN agencies and UNN-REACH into one consolidated resource. Findings from the assessment inform a capacity development response that is tailored to the country context and then integrated into the national capacity development agenda for nutrition.

    List of resources and tools
    Capacity Assessment Guidance Tools and Resources

    Disclaimer: The UN Network’s Nutrition Capacity Assessment Tools and Resources are available upon request. For further information, please contact unnetworkforsun@wfp.org

    Country examples
    Establishment & Strengthening of Nutrition Collaboration Platforms

    Nutrition collaboration platforms/mechanisms take various forms: multi-stakeholder; multi-sectoral; or a combination of the two. They provide a vehicle for promoting and operationalizing an integrated approach to nutrition at the country level, in line with the spirit of the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. The UN [Nutrition] Network is an integral part of these collaboration platforms and directly assists SUN Focal Points and other government authorities with the preparations, moderation and follow-up for these meetings. In some cases, the UN Network’s REACH facilitators are based in government nutrition coordination secretariats, placing them in a unique position to lend intensive support on the establishment and strengthening of these platforms at national and sub-national levels. This enables the UN Network to capitalize on the facilitators’ horizontal reach and esteemed neutral facilitation capacity.

    List of resources and tools
    Country examples