© UNICEF / Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin
© UNICEF / Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin

UNN-REACH Facilitation


UNN-REACH was established in 2008 by FAO, UNICEF, WFP and WHO, and was later joined by IFAD as an advisor. In 2015, it was repositioned under the broader UN [Nutrition] Network (UNN). Today, it is known as UNN-REACH and is the UNN's intensive support arm. It continues to be a country support mechanism for improving nutrition governance, which works in close collaboration with nutrition coordination structures and SUN networks, including the UN Network. With ten years of experience in over twenty countries, UNN-REACH has acquired considerable expertise and continually refined its approach to be best adapted to the evolving nutrition landscape and country contexts.

Its neutral facilitators provide tailored capacity strengthening for effectively managing well-coordinated, participative,
multi-sectoral nutrition processes. Some key aspects of this work include:

coach of individuals

day-to-day coaching of individuals, who are leading transformative change on nutrition

complex nutrition

tracking the 
complex nutrition
stakeholder landscape


 networking and knowledge-brokering to make knowledge more accessible to those working in nutrition

at the country level

How to initiate UNN-REACH support

Various factors are taken into account when determining where to roll-out UNN-REACH. These include: 

SUN process markers

Consideration to country performance on SUN process markers


Insights from the UN Network in-country, the SUN Movement Secretariat and donors to further ascertain potential interest for UNN-REACH support

SUN Focal Point

Affirmed expression of interest by the SUN Government Focal Point and the country UN Network


Confirmed UNN-REACH funding

Exploratory mission

Exploratory mission, led by the UN Network Secretariat, to agree upon the UNN-REACH modalities of engagement


The UNN-REACH Theory of Change outlines the pathways through which it contributes to greater nutrition goals. Annual reports are available, highlighting key achievements at the country and global levels. Further information about the performance of UNN-REACH, including its effectiveness, efficiency and added value, is captured in various evaluation documents. These independent evaluations also explored the factors affecting performance, the sustainability of UNN-REACH and the extent to which it addresses cross-cutting issues such as equity and gender.