The SUN Civil Society Alliance (CSA) in Burkina Faso, RESONUT, was established in 2014, thanks to the efforts of a range of national and international organizations.
RESONUT applied for a Pooled Fund grant in order to overcome the challenges it was facing, namely a lack of nutrition training for its members – particularly at the local level – difficulty in securing government support for multi-sectoral coordination, and a lack of nutrition financing.
Because of the deteriorating security situation in Burkina Faso, nutrition had slipped down the national agenda and, as a result, attracted less government funding. Funding from the Pooled Fund grant has therefore been critical to the country – and continues to be so.
Given the challenges facing the nutrition sector, RESONUT is seen as a reliable presence at national level in efforts to scale up nutrition. The relationship between RESONUT and the government is also good, while its work in nutrition-related matters is widely appreciated.
The CSA is well integrated into national processes and played a key role in the political adoption of the national multi-sectoral nutrition policy and the strategic plan, overcoming both political and sectoral hurdles.
It also contributed to the revision of the nutrition governance arrangements and advocated restoring and increasing the national budget line for the purchase of nutritional inputs in the health ministry budget.
With the help of the Pooled Fund, capacity-building activities were organized for the RESONUT communications team with the aim of using the media to increase advocacy targeted at decision-makers. RESONUT recruited nine celebrities to act as nutrition champions in a bid to raise the profile of nutrition.
The CSA also led efforts to identify and develop commitments ahead of the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit 2021.
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