National Civil Society Platform in Mali Awarded $374,000 via SUN MTPF
Given the attention nutrition has recently received in Mali through the National Nutrition Forum and the establishment of a SUN Government Focal Point for nutrition, the timing is ideal for civil society to take on a more significant role in advocating for continued political commitment for, investment in, and planning of nutrition service delivery.
With this project, the Civil Society Alliance will therefore strengthen the capacity, coordination, and effectiveness of Malian civil society to advocate for nutrition in a multi-sectoral manner that engages both the public and private sectors. While many Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) implement nutrition programs in country, their experience in advocacy, and particularly in nutrition advocacy, is limited. Moreover, partnerships among CSOs implementing nutrition programs with the broader non-health civil society community are lacking. A common voice on nutrition with a consistent message communicated by multiple stakeholders is urgently needed to ensure continued and expanded support for nutrition.
The project aims to improve the structural environment for Nutrition Advocacy; build the capacity of Malian Civil Society to influence and advance the nutrition policy agenda and establish national and community-level nutrition policy campaigns to include nutrition in national policies and programs, including the Strategic Framework for Growth and Poverty Reduction (CSCRP 2012-2017)
About the SUN MPTF
The SUN MPTF, established in March 2012 by participating UN agencies and contributing donor partners, is designed to ensure catalytic grants reach governments, UN agencies, civil society and other stakeholders to enable development and implementation of national efforts to scale up nutrition. Not meant to replace other steams of funding, the MPTF was established to enable or initiate action on scaling up nutrition at the country-level when other funding support is not available.
In addition to providing financial support for initiating SUN actions at the country level – including establishment and strengthening of multi-stakeholder platforms, stock-taking, hosting national SUN launches and facilitating sharing of experiences at regional and global meetings – an initial funding priority of the MPTF is to support development and operation of civil society platforms in SUN countries.