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Workshop in Kenya builds the knowledge base for effective engagement to Scale Up Nutrition

  |   SUN Business Network, SUN Country Network, SUN Lead Group and Secretariat

Group photoFrom 10th to 12th June 2015, the SUN Movement Secretariat partnered with UNICEF and the SUN Business Network for a three day Scaling Up Nutrition event in Nairobi, Kenya. The first day was a workshop led by the SUN Business Network on ‘Understanding the Role of Business in Nutrition’, following this, a two-day workshop was led by the SUN Movement Secretariat and focused on “Strengthening Effective Engagement to Scale Up Nutrition in Action”.

In her opening, Florence Lasbennes, Chief of Staff of the SUN Movement Secretariat, recognized that whilst conflict of interest and mistrust remain an issue when engaging with the private sector, opportunities remain for learning between all stakeholders to ensure that the right nutrition outcomes are achieved.

Participants came from the governments of SUN countries, Botswana, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe in the East and Southern Africa Region with further representation from non-SUN countries Eritrea and Angola. Participants also included representatives from UN Agencies, the private sector and civil society.

Understanding the Role of Business in Nutrition

The SUN Business Network workshop was focused on understanding the role of business in nutrition. Participants discussed how the private sector can contribute to improving nutrition and the mechanisms through which governments can engage private sector to support government-lead nutrition goals.
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The second workshop focused on strengthening effective engagement and explored the specific attitudes and behaviours which are needed to guide multi-stakeholder engagements. Countries noted the multifaceted nature of nutrition and cited challenges in convening stakeholders from different sectors. The development of the national nutrition plan, identified as the common results framework, with clearly defined roles for each stakeholder, was seen as a tool which contributes to better co-ordination. Participants also agreed that sustaining progress in scaling up nutrition requires the following key elements:

  • Trust building
  • Leadership development
  • Support for transparency
  • Knowledge sharing

Participants at the event concluded that, no one size fits all and that there can be improvements if stakeholders’ remain open and continue to learn from each other.

See presentations from the workshop below.

Download the full reports

  • ‘Understanding the Role of Business in Nutrition’ English 
  • Strengthening Effective Engagement to Scale Up Nutrition in Action” English 


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