The SUN Civil Society Alliance (CSA) for Madagascar, also known as the HINA Platform, was set up in 2013.
Madagascar had already achieved several nutrition milestones before embarking on its Pooled Fund project. For example, the country had adopted the third phase of its national action plan for nutrition (PNAN III), an associated implementation plan, a monitoring and evaluation policy, and financing for the PNAN III.
With the policy framework and budget in place, the aim of the CSA’s Pooled Fund project was to ensure its implementation at local level with the involvement of grassroots and civil society organizations (CSOs).
With financing from the Pooled Fund, the chair of the CSA – Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger) – supported the CSA in contributing to the mobilization of national and international resources through innovative funding. These sources include The Power of Nutrition and the World Bank’s Global Financing Facility (GFF).
With Pooled Fund support, the CSA strengthened its own operational and financial capacity as an alliance. It developed a database of more than 400 members across 20 regions and used this data to expand into two new regions, which led to another 22 members joining.
The Pooled Fund grant was also used to make a sustainable impact on nutrition. The CSA mobilized funds for nutrition by taking part in the process to draft the 2021 Initial Finance Law. It also contributed to budget workshops for three national programmes to ensure that financial decisions from these programmes were compatible with household nutrition needs.
The CSA held advocacy round-table sessions with journalists and members of parliament across four regions with the aim of increasing the budget allocated for nutrition in the 2021 Initial Finance Law. It also mobilized a network of nutrition champions, which included journalists, artists and sportspeople, as well as parliamentarians from the national assembly.
The CSA contributed to a range of initiatives. These include the GFF investment framework for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition (RMNCAH-N), the universal health coverage implementation plan and the nutrition results improvement project, in which the CSA is a member of the steering committee.
At international level, the CSA took part in a resource mobilization workshop organized by the GFF Civil Society Coordinating Group in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
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