The SUN Civil Society Alliance (CSA) in Peru, known as the Initiative against Child Malnutrition (IDI), was launched in 2006 in order to promote public policies and action aimed at reducing child malnutrition and anaemia.
In January 2019, the newly elected regional authorities took office for the period 2019–2022, with the challenge of fulfilling child nutrition commitments agreed in each of their regions. However, in order to achieve these goals, there was a requirement for a range of institutional and social actors, such as youth organizations, to take part.
A coordinating body was also needed in each region, with technical assistance provided by central government and other actors sharing accountability in human development. Together, they assumed responsibility for coordinating and monitoring the implementation of activities aimed at preventing and reducing anaemia in each region. This was initially a challenge for IDI as it needed participation from different governmental institutions, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the public.
The Pooled Fund project identified gaps in capacity, as well as in the technical assistance that youth organizations required to ensure they could take part effectively in the regional platforms.
With Pooled Fund support, the CSA established a role for youth organizations in monitoring regional government compliance. Their participation, as well as regional government commitments, were formalized in the 2019–2022 governance agreements.
IDI had a catalytic impact in monitoring public investment in work to tackle malnutrition in Peru. Not only did it formalize a way for young people to take part, but it also demonstrated the need for technical assistance at sub-national level in investment monitoring.
Regional governments collaborated to fulfil their nutrition commitments in the form of regulations, which played a part in the multi-sectoral plan to fight anaemia (PMLCA). By March 2020, 100% of targeted regional governments had PMLCA implementation plans in place and were implementing PMLCA commitments.
With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pooled Fund enabled the CSA to create a virtual learning platform for training youth organizations. This allowed them to carry out advocacy and to monitor commitments made by sub-national governments.
The CSA developed communications plans and key messages that demonstrated women’s role in child nutrition. The importance of a shared responsibility for child nutrition between men and women was also promoted, including through the virtual learning platform and classroom workshops.
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