Over the past decade, global and country recognition of the threat that malnutrition poses to health and future development of children has grown exponentially. The importance of a concerted approach is now widely accepted. The Movement’s theory of change is that when multiple stakeholders from multiple sectors and at multiple levels work together, in a country-led force, we will achieve results.
The first phase of the SUN Movement (2012-2015) focused on creating an enabling environment for nutrition and bringing multiple sectors and stakeholders together at country level. The main emphasis was on advocacy, promoting partnerships and calling for commitments for nutrition. In the second phase (2016-2020), the Movement continues to have multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral approaches at its core.
However, there is a growing expectation that countries in the Movement can demonstrate how effective partnerships can lead to progress in spending and implementation and contribute to results and impact. Subsequently, the Movement’s support system is expected to step up and support countries’ demands, especially from those countries that are lagging behind with their progress.
Therefore, in 2017 the SUN Movement Secretariat stepped up efforts to define a system that would provide access to data and information for different purposes and audiences. In February 2017, an Advisory Group was established to develop, test and implement a new system. As of September 2017, the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Advisory Group is composed of 33 people from SUN Networks, technical support providers and academia.