Independent comprehensive evaluation of the scaling up nutrition movement

Independent comprehensive evaluation of the scaling up nutrition movement

This is a report of an independent comprehensive evaluation of the Scaling Up Nutrition movement (SUN). The terms of reference for this evaluation were to assess all aspects of SUN's performance and pose options for the evolution of SUN to build on strengths and address weaknesses.

Recommendations from the report are as follows:

  • Recommendation 1: SUN should be continued and strengthened, building as far as possible on the existing framework.
  • Recommendation 2: The necessary re-design and strengthening of SUN should be reflected in a new strategy document to be prepared during the first half of 2015.
  • Recommendation 3: SUN's primary focus should continue to be on undernutrition and the elimination of stunting. However, there should be more acknowledgement that good nutrition plans will need to address all forms of malnutrition, including the double burden of undernutrition and overnutrition.
  • Recommendation 4: The strategy should also encompass practical ways to strengthen the focus on gender and equity as they relate to nutrition. This should include a concerted focus on the nutritional status, knowledge, and practices of females, as well as action to reinforce the participation of disempowered and marginalised groups in scaling up nutrition, including a continued commitment to women's empowerment.
  • Recommendation 5: The revised strategy must, inter alia, reflect existing aid effectiveness principles, and focus on strengthening accountability across the movement, globally and at country level, with all stakeholders making, and being held accountable for, monitorable undertakings in support of country-led plans for scaling up nutrition.
  • Recommendation 6: Recognise that expecting countries all to replicate the same country-level configuration of the support networks is unnecessarily rigid. Allow for more diversity, both in the guidelines to SUN countries and within the global action plans of the support networks.
  • Recommendation 7: Recognise that scaling up cannot proceed at the same pace in all countries and that there should be room within the movement for innovation and experiment. Accordingly initiatives to promote large scale action in selected countries should be accommodated within the movement, so long as they observe the movement's basic principles, including the principle of country ownership.
  • Recommendation 8: SUN should strengthen accountability by considerably strengthening its governance arrangements, including: (a) an overhaul of the Lead Group and (b) the creation of a senior body that can exercise effective supervision of the implementation of SUN's strategy.
  • Recommendation 9: There should be a particular focus on strengthening monitoring, evaluation and learning. The independent monitoring role of the Global Nutrition Report should be retained and strengthened.
  • Recommendation 10: The partners in SUN should pursue further rationalisation of the international architecture for nutrition. This should include strengthening of coordination and coherence among the UN agencies and a streamlining of international initiatives on nutrition. The Global Nutrition Report should independently monitor the commitments under such initiatives, as it already does for the Nutrition for Growth commitments.