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The SUN Donor Network brings together development partners, including bilateral donors, foundations and development banks, in support of SUN countries.

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SUN governments endorse the appointment of a donor convener in each SUN country. The in-country SUN donor convener works with donor agencies to focus on increasing and coordinating financial support for national nutrition interventions. The primary roles of the Donor Convener are: (1) Catalyse collective donor support for scaling up nutrition at the country level; (2) Prioritise and harmonise investments to address identified gaps; and (3) Represent the wider donor group in discussions with government.

Over the last year, the Donor Network reported an expansion in its membership, with more active engagement from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), as well as Australia, France, Germany and the Netherlands. The membership will try to further broaden and deepen the network over the coming year.

Development partner conveners have been nominated in 31 countries (a bilateral donor, the World Bank or both), while, in eight SUN countries, a UN agency is convening the development partners. This represents an improvement on the situation from 2013; however, as the number of countries within the Movement increases, the Donor Network faces the challenge of ensuring that all countries receive adequate donor coordination support.

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Donor Conveners list

At the global level, the network is working to ensure that nutrition remains a key development priority in international forums, that more resources are committed for nutrition and that donor approaches to nutrition are better harmonised. The network is providing significant support through mechanisms such as the MQSUN; the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) Project and through support for the UN system, including through the REACH Partnership. The network identified its role in supporting the UN system to provide more coordinated support to SUN countries as an area for further work.

Members of the Donor Network include: Australia, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Denmark, European Union, France, Germany, Inter-American Development Bank, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States of America.

Over the last year, the network has had a strong focus on financial tracking. The network’s Senior Officials Group agreed on a common methodology to increase accountability and improve the tracking of external development assistance resources. The donor group has applied this methodology and, for the first time, is reporting on financial investments for nutrition for the years 2010 and 2012 (see Chapter 2 Feature on Donor Network Resource Tracking) Improved tracking of donor spending on nutrition is important, not only for accountability purposes but also to measure progress in mobilising resources and improving the quality of nutrition aid by highlighting gaps and inspiring changes to investments in other sectors in a way that will impact nutrition. A common methodology will also bring greater transparency to the process of tracking investments in nutrition. This exercise is linked closely to the work being carried out in the community of practice for planning, costing, implementing and financing multisectoral actions for improved nutrition.

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The network is guided by a group of senior officials from donor partners. The SUN Donor Network Senior Officials Group undertook its first joint mission to a SUN country, Zambia, in December 2013. During the visit, the senior officials held a one-day retreat on how they can continue to best support SUN countries, undertook a number of field visits and met with the SUN networks and senior government officials. The senior officials agreed to make a sustained effort to increase the number of donor conveners in SUN countries, to coordinate on political opportunities to support nutrition in international processes, including the Post-2015 Development Agenda process and the Second International Conference on Nutrition. When they met in April 2014 in Washington, D.C., the senior officials agreed that the network would create a series of country profiles to describe donor-partner collaboration at the country level.

Last updated: October 2014

Donor Spending

Two categories of investments were reported on:

  • Nutrition-specific (DAC code 12240); and
  • Nutrition-sensitive (methodology applied).

Donor convenors

The donor convenor should be agreed among the donors and the relevant government authorities. Candidate donors are those actively engaged in the country, with a country presence and involved in financially supporting nutrition specific and/or nutrition sensitive programmes.

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Network Facilitation

Maren Lieberum
Lead Facilitator
Policy Advisor (GIZ), Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany

Anne M. Peniston
Chief, Nutrition Division, Bureau of Global Health United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United States

Ben Siddle
Policy Lead – Nutrition, Resilience Policy team, Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade