The SUN Civil Society Alliance (CSA) in Côte d’Ivoire was established in 2017 with the aim of coordinating nutrition activities at national level.
A major concern was whether the CSA would be able to operate independently in the future. With Pooled Fund support, however, the CSA was able to set up a sustainability mechanism that will allow it to mobilize financial resources without any external support in the future.
The Pooled Fund grant enabled the CSA to reinforce its community presence and its credibility as a national alliance in the eyes of various actors and partners, particularly government, with the latter involving the CSA in the design of all policies related to nutrition and early childhood development.
The CSA also joined the National Nutrition Council, the National Council for Food and Early Childhood Development and the National Health Financing Coordination Platform.
Thanks to the Pooled Fund, the CSA’s activities attracted widespread interest, particularly following the establishment of two regional coordination mechanisms and 40 village committees to help local authorities promote and facilitate breastfeeding support groups.
The CSA organized capacity-building activities in fundraising and project management for its member Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).
The CSA supported several national policies, including a rice-fortification policy and the National Multi-sectoral Nutrition Plan for Food and Early Childhood Development, which is a national action plan to combat violations of the marketing code for breastmilk substitutes.
The government committed to fund up to 15% of the 2016–2021 national nutrition plan and carried out a budget analysis with support from the CSA. It tracked spending on nutrition-sensitive activities to assess its level of contribution and that of its partners.
Thanks to the CSA’s advocacy, the African Development Bank provided 5 billion CFA francs in financing to the government to promote breastfeeding in the country’s 31 regions. The CSA also secured USD 21,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a range of activities, including a national breastfeeding day and the distribution of hygiene kits to mothers with babies under six months.
The CSA mobilized other sources of funding, including over 30,000 euros from the European Union to help develop the cassava and vegetable sectors.
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