©UNICEF/Narendra Shrestha
©UNICEF/Narendra Shrestha

Efficiency & accountability

Outcome 4: Increased efficiency and accountability of national efforts

The multiple and interconnected causes of malnutrition call for a multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder approach in order to holistically address the problem. However, this complexity poses challenges for efficiency, underscoring the need for effective coordination. The UN [Nutrition] Network supports countries with the elaboration of a common results framework (CRF) as part of the development of the multi-sectoral nutrition action plan. In addition, UN Network tools help nutrition authorities at the country level compile information across sectors and institutions and generate valuable inputs for CRFs. This, in turn, gives authorities the ‘full picture’ to guide decision-making. It also fosters transparency and accountability among the multitude of nutrition actors in countries.

Increasingly, UNN analytics are being embedded into governance processes so that countries are better equipped to monitor national nutrition plans and programmes in pursuit of shared nutrition results. In addition, UNN-REACH facilitators have been recognised for their unique ability to bring actors together and facilitate dynamic, multi-sectoral, nutrition processes, creating fertile ground for inclusive, action-oriented dialogue and mutual accountability.

UN Network web-based mapping tool is used by government to track the implementation status of Senegal’s multi-sectoral nutrition plan, identifying where coverage is low

Source: Excerpt from the Senegal Mapping (2018)

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Mapping can be undertaken at sub-national levels to deepen the understanding of the nutrition situation and to address low coverage

Source: Excerpt from the Tanzania Mapping (2015-2016)

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Analysing use of delivery mechanisms identifies opportunities for increased synergy among multiple actors to improve efficiency

Source: Excerpt from Myanmar Mapping (2017)

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    Establishment & Strengthening of National, Multi-sectoral, Nutrition Information Systems

    The availability of and access to comprehensive data is crucial to scaling-up nutrition actions so that no one is left behind. To this end, the UN agencies are coming together under the auspices of the UN [Nutrition] Network to help countries develop nutrition information systems (NIS) and/or strengthen surveillance systems within sectors that support positive nutrition outcomes. This enables national authorities to make data-driven decisions, increasingly linked to national nutrition plans. In some countries, this work is part of efforts to elaborate online nutrition platforms or web-based dashboards that enhance information flows and prospects for real time decision-making. Where UNN-REACH facilitators are on the ground, they work directly with SUN Focal Points and other nutrition authorities to give impetus to these efforts.

    List of resources and tools

    For further information, please contact unnetworkforsun@wfp.org.

    Country examples
    Nutrition Expenditure Tracking
    List of resources and tools
    Concept Note: Using a United Nations Common Methodology for Tracking Nutrition Investments
    UNN Financial Tracking Guidance Note
    UNN Budget Analysis Template
    Country examples