Knowledge Management
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Knowledge Management

Knowledge management is one of the UN [Nutrition] Network’s (UNN) core business areas. Increasingly embraced by the nutrition community as a practice for accelerating the scale up of multi-sectoral actions at the country level, knowledge management − also known as ‘KM’ − takes multiple forms and promotes South-South learning. 

The collective UNN and its constituent parts play various roles in the KM domain from knowledge generation to knowledge curation to knowledge user. In some cases, such as through the UNN-REACH modality, it also carries out knowledge brokering. While the latter is sometimes perceived as an informal practice, it is particularly amenable to nutrition which requires a coherent coordinated response involving multiple sectors and stakeholders.

The below sections highlight the major areas of KM activity undertaken by UNN, which in turn, complement other UN support and interactions with different stakeholders on the ground, including government. These KM materials are available to SUN actors as well as countries that have not joined the SUN Movement in an effort to support greater knowledge sharing.
Newsletters

The UNN Secretariat has teamed up with the UNSCN to develop periodic newsletters, called Nutrition News, that give readers a glimpse of UN nutrition activity at country, regional and global levels. They also highlight newly available publications and resources as well as major forthcoming events. 

While primarily targeted to UN colleagues, the newsletters are also circulated among members of the SUN Global Support System. These updates help keep UN colleagues connected and foster knowledge-sharing within the UNN and the wider SUN community. Furthermore, they exemplify the increased collaboration between the UNN and UNSCN, which is helping to enhance feedback loops between global and country workstreams.

Country stories

In 2019, the UNN Secretariat released the first edition of UN Network Tales Be Told. This new series aims to document how UNN is adding value to the SUN Movement, how this is translating into decreased levels of malnutrition and how this is improving the lives of the people that the United Nations serves in different corners of the world. By documenting a growing collection of country stories, the storybook serves as a reference point and source of inspiration for fostering further UN collective action on nutrition at the country level. 

Briefs

The UNN Secretariat has issued briefs that depict the work carried out by the UN Network, starting with an overview. Others cover specific themes, such as gender and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which explore the links between these topics and nutrition. Positioning nutrition as an entry point for promoting gender equality and achieving sustainable development more broadly, they highlight specific actions that can be taken in various sectors at the country level to achieve nutrition gains. 

In addition, the UNN Secretariat is in the process of developing a brief that highlights its popular analytics, including how they have been used and applied at the country level to intensify multi-sectoral nutrition action. Further information will be outlined in a complementary suite of briefs on the individual tools that will become available in the coming months.

Other UNN Resources

The UNN Secretariat has also collaborated with leading experts in the UN agencies, universities and other institutions to produce resources that demystify what multi-sectoral nutrition means in concrete terms. Some of these were conceptualized as internal resources for UN colleagues while others, such as the Compendium of Actions for Nutrition (CAN) and planning checklist, were developed for the wider SUN community, including SUN Government Focal Points. Other KM products profile the tactics that the UNN’s neutral facilitators employ to bring otherwise disparate efforts together and share information across the nutrition community at national and sub-national levels.

Library

A virtual library of UNN materials is being constructed, where users may search for information featured in the website by country, topic and other filters that help make UNN resources readily available to a diverse audience.