Civil society organisations collectively have a very powerful voice and can provide grass-roots support for scaling up nutrition locally.

The Civil Society Network is made up of national and international organisations working in various areas including: farmers, fisherfolk, human rights defenders, women’s groups, humanitarian and aid assistance agencies, research entities, consumer groups, trade unions and many others.

The primary purpose of the Civil Society Network is to align the strategies, efforts and resources of civil society with country plans for scaling up nutrition within the SUN Framework. Organisations within the Civil Society Network work together to build capacity and maximise resources to ensure the greatest impact on nutrition.

The Network currently represents the collaboration of many civil society organisations with local or international presence.

As of April 2014, there are Civil Society Alliances in 30 SUN countries (Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, DRC, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe) at various stages of CSA establishment and activity with Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Indonesia actively working towards establishing and obtaining funding for coordinated CS efforts. Of these 30 alliances, 24 alliances are funded either through the SUN multi-partner trust fund (MPTF) or through bi-lateral donors (DFID, Irish Aid).

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The SUN CSN is Building Relationships across the Movement

Over the past couple of months, the SUN CSN has been busy connecting and engaging with key stakeholders keen to work with us. Connections have been made and partnerships are starting to be built with (1000 days, Accountability & Transparency for Human Rights (AT4HR) Foundation, ACTION, Africa Platform for Social Protection, ALIMA, CWS global, Development Initiatives, DFID, Emergency Nutrition Network, GRET – Professionals for Fair Development, Hunger and Nutrition blog, Institute of Development studies, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Nutrition Advocacy Group, OLAM, RESULTS, Saving Humans, Secure Nutrition Spotlight – World Bank, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, UN REACH, UN SCN, UNICEF, US Department of State Office of Global Food Security and WASH Advocates.

These relationships and potential partnerships are being developed to be mutually beneficial and strengthen our efforts.