Multi-sectoral Nutrition Overview
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Multi-sectoral Nutrition Overview

The Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Overview (MNO), developed by UNN-REACH, draws upon agency-specific tools and expertise. It uses maps, charts, catchy captions and dashboards to illustrate the multi-dimensional nature of nutrition, highlighting trends over time as well as geographic and gender disparities. This is a critical first step to inform data-driven action and garner efficiencies, helping to reach more vulnerable people and to accelerate progress towards nutrition targets.

Multi-sectoral Nutrition Overview has been completed in 25 countries and counting. Check out the country examples posted in the dedicated section below.

On demand services have also been provided in other countries, such as Egypt
Using the Multi-sectoral Nutrition Overview

Countries use the Multi-sectoral Nutrition Overview in a number of ways, including:

To establish consensus on the nutrition challenges faced by a country and help actors select core nutrition actions (CNAs), which are subsequently mapped in terms of intervention and policy coverage. 

As advocacy materials in their own right. The findings are also used to create common nutrition messaging for nutrition advocacy activities that target Heads of State, parliamentarians and other decision makers in order to place/keep nutrition on the political agenda.

To inform the formulation of national policies/strategies ─ both the multi-sectoral nutrition policy/strategy and sectoral policies/strategies ─ by depicting how nutrition is related to other sectors.

To provide context for nutrition planning and prioritization exercises at national and sub-national levels to ensure that ‘no one is left behind’.

To guide decision-making of multi-stakeholder platforms (MSPs), which coordinate nutrition action at both national and sub-national levels

To inform programming design and changes so that nutrition support reaches the people who need it.

As background information for country missions, conducted by UN colleagues and other development partners. This helps to promote a common understanding of the nutrition situation and increased convergence among the SUN networks, and to minimize duplication of efforts.

Country examples