The UN Network for Nutrition (UNN) and its intensive multi-sectoral Technical Assistance arm, REACH (Renewed Efforts Against Child Hunger and undernutrition), worked closely with the Government of Burkina Faso and United Nations Country Team to conduct a mapping of nutrition interventions and stakeholders. Not only did the mapping bolster multi-stakeholder engagement, it informed multi-sectoral nutrition planning processes, including prioritisation efforts in the country. It also helped positively reinforce efforts to mainstream nutrition in the UNDAF and to address fragility in the longer term. The full mapping reports from Burkina Faso are available on the UN Network website and efforts to document the Burkina Faso experience did not end there.
A further analysis was conducted and published in an article in the Food and Nutrition Bulletin, Volume 39, Issue 3. Its co-authorship by the Head of Nutrition within the Ministry of Health and former SUN Government Focal Point, REACH country facilitators and UN Network Secretariat staff is testament to joint ownership and utility of the exercise. The article highlights how the Excel-based mapping tool, developed by REACH in partnership with the Boston Consulting Group, was used to collect, store, and analyse data for 29 core nutrition actions – both nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive.