Policy & Plan Overview
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Policy & Plan Overview

The Policy and Plan Overview (PPO) takes stock of the policies, strategies and plans that are related to nutrition in order to identify opportunities for better reflecting nutrition in them. Further analysis is conducted on the national nutrition policy, strategy and/or plan to ascertain whether they embody the multi-sectoral approach to nutrition and address cross-cutting issues such as nutrition governance. The PPO also serves as a key sensitization exercise and may even encompass sub-national development plans, where feasible. Typically, the exercise is facilitated by UNN-REACH facilitators in concert with government actors and the UN partner agencies.

The PPO has been completed in 14 countries and counting. To learn more, consult the Country Examples section below. 

On demand services have also been provided in other countries, such as Egypt
Using the Policy & Plan Overview

Countries use the Policy & Plan Overview in various ways, such as:

To sensitize policymakers and technical government staff on how their sector-specific work is related to nutrition, including how it can support positive nutrition outcomes as well as the benefits of good nutrition on health, agricultural productivity, a child’s ability to concentrate at school, an individual’s earning potential, GDP, etc. 

To mainstream nutrition in related sector and multi-sectoral policies, strategies and plans so that they become ‘nutrition-smart’ and leverage the power of nutrition to support sustainable development.

To change stakeholder behaviour by fostering multi-sectoral dialogue and policy coherence so that related policies from agriculture to health, trade, environment, sanitation, gender and education enable the achievement of nutrition gains.

As a safeguard measure to ensure that national nutrition policies, strategies and plans are truly multi-sectoral and that roles and responsibilities are clearly identified. 

To align national and sub-national level workstreams.

To inform budgetary allocations for nutrition, including within other technical sectors (e.g. agriculture, education, health, social protection, water and sanitation). 

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

As entry points for discussions with local development authorities and prompt collective nutrition action on the ground. 

To enhance nutrition information systems by encouraging the inclusion of nutrition indicators in related policies/strategies/plans thereby increasing data availability. 

As background information for country missions, conducted by UN colleagues and other development partners.

Country examples