SUN Newsletter

Window I – Cycle I

2018 Pooled Fund Grant Award Recipients

In the 1st Call for Proposals under Window I, a total of 21 grants were awarded to Civil Society Alliances from 19 SUN countries. Projects are currently being rolled out. A Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist is accompanying grantees in the implementation and reporting of activities.


  • Benin
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Chad
  • Ghana
  • Liberia
  • Mali


  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Senegal
  • Somalia
  • Somalia (Region of Somaliland)
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan


  • Bangladesh
  • Myanmar
  • Sri Lanka
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Papua & New Guinea

Latin America

  • El Salvador


  • Burundi – Concern Worldwide: Concern Worldwide on behalf of, and in agreement with, the Civil Society Alliance (CSA) plans to re-establish and revitalise the SUN Civil Society Network in Burundi. The aim is both to increase the active participation of organisations in the CSA and its activities, and to strengthen the financial sustainability of the CSA to enable continuation of SUN activities even after the grant period ends. The project’s overall objective is to make a demonstrable contribution to reducing chronic malnutrition at sub-national and national level. The project’s goal is to build upon the achievements made as part the MPTF, which finished in 2015.


  • Liberia – Action Against Hunger: Action Against Hunger will work together with the SUN Civil Society Alliance of Liberia (SUN-CSAL) to hold the government accountable for its national and international commitments in the area of nutrition. It will advocate for increased nutrition funding in order to encourage the government to invest more in nutrition interventions. The project will also support the SUN-CSA in advocating for the adoption of the Code for Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (CMBS) in order to improve the adoption of good infant and young child (IYCF) to decrease the rates of undernutrition.


  • Namibia – Synergios Namibia Trust: With the support of the Pooled Fund, the Synergos Namibia Trust will form an effective and compelling national Civil Society Alliance (CSA), called “The Namibia Scaling Up Nutrition – Civil Society Alliance (NSUN-CSA).” The Alliance will contribute to effective multi-stakeholder efforts to scale up nutrition.


  • Nigeria – Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria: The Civil Society for Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) will work to establish chapters in three Nigerian states (Rivers, Imo and Oyo), and strengthen already existing alliances in Gombe, Kwara and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), which have high burdens of malnutrition. Together, the alliance will advocate for effective implementation of the National Policy on Food and Nutrition (NPFN) and increased funding for nutrition by 2019 at the sub-national levels.


  • Senegal – Eau Vie Environment (EVE): Eau Vie Environment, as part of the SUN Senegal Civil Society Platform, plans to strengthen the mobilization and engagement of non-state actors and other nutrition stakeholders at the subnational level. The project will have a particular focus on counties with high thresholds of acute (north) and chronic (southern) malnutrition and seeks to improve the monitoring of implementation of Senegal’s Multi-sectoral Strategic Nutrition Plan (MNSP). The project also aims to organize monitoring campaigns in the areas of Ndangalma, Bambey, Kaffrine and Tambacounda County Council Commune to ensure the local elected representatives’ adherance to nutrition commitments. Finally, the project will develop and implement creattive behavioral change campaigns to promote at the local and national levels.


  • Ghana – Hunger Alliance of Ghana: The Hunger Alliance of Ghana (HAG) together with SUN Civil Soceity Alliance of Ghana will engage and influence policymakers of at the districts level to ensure that nutrition is mainstreamed in the medium-term development plans of twenty (20) targeted high burden malnutrition districts. In addition, the project will advocate for increased budgetary allocation by government for nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive sectors in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Finally, the project will focus on monitoring of nutrition interventions that shall be implemented by these districts in 2018 and 2019. More information


  • Chad – The Alliance Sahélienne de Recherches Appliquées pour le Développement Durable: The Alliance Sahélienne de Recherches Appliquées pour le Développement Durable (ASRADD) plans to mobilize all civil society stakeholders to scale up nutrition interventions in Chad, in order to reach areas where civil society is not yet structured into nutritional sub-networks. The project focuses on nutrition-specific advocacy and behavioral change communication.


  • Mali – Centre Sahélien de Prestation, d’Etudes, d’Ecodéveloppement, et de Démocratie Appliquée: The Centre Sahélien de Prestation, d’Etudes, d’Ecodéveloppement, et de Démocratie Appliquée (CSPEEDA) will provide technical and financial assistance to civil society partners to strengthen regional coordination for monitoring and oversight platforms in support of the Malian multi-sectoral nutrition plan. The project aims to also strengthen the capacities of CSA members on the use of monitoring tools and evaluation in collaboration with the Nutrition Coordination Unit. Finally, the Pooled Fund will help the Malian CSA support national-level advocacy and resource mobilization efforts in synergy with other SUN networks to support health policy reform.


  • Benin – Alliance de la Société Civile pour l’Intensification de la Nutrition au Bénin: Thanks to the Pooled Fund, the Alliance de la Société Civile pour l’Intensification de la Nutrition au Bénin (ASCINB) plans to advocate and mobilize government and relevant authorities as well as the private sector for increased commitment to nutrition. This commitment should be translated, after one year, by opening a budget line in the FADEC (Common Development Support Fund) to strengthen nutrition. The project also aims to achieve an increase in the share of the 2019 national budget devoted to strengthening nutrition in Benin.


  • Cameroon – Helen Keller International: Helen Keller International, on behalf of the Civil Society Alliance of Cameroon, plans to build the capacity of national and international NGOs to enable better participation of these entities in planning, resource mobilization, and implementation of the National Plan for Strengthening Nutrition in Cameroon. More specifically, the project will a) identify, identify, and train NGOs and CSOs to actively participate in the process of developing national plans and advocacy in nutrition, b) strengthen the membership of local CSOs in the platform of the SC SUN and the mobilization of resources and a better consideration of Nutrition in their respective activities, c) identify and empower local elected representatives, champions and women’s groups to advocate for Nutrition and promote good practices in their communities, and d) accelerate the implementation of the Cameroon SC SUN Platform Action Plan.


  • Somalia – Region of Somaliland: The goal of this project is to establish a strong Civil Society Network that will convene multi-sector local and international civil society organizations towards a common goal under the SUN Movement. The proposed project has three objectives. These objectives are 1) to mobilize and organize the civil society in Somaliland, working in nutrition relevant fields, to form a SUN Civil Society Alliance, 2) to strengthen the Somaliland SUN Civil Society Network to engage in the SUN Movement and, 3) to develop strong advocacy mechanisms to increase public participation in nutrition programs and interventions.


  • Somalia – Peace Action society for Somalia: The Peace Action Society for Somalia (PASOS) intends to strengthen the capacity of government and non-governmental systems, multi-sectoral teams, and their individual members, for scaled-up nutrition action at all levels. This will be achieved through workshops, trainings and attending the nutrition-related meetings in all eighteen regions across Somalia, in alignment with the SUN Movement Civil Society Network Strategy.


  • Sudan I – Talawiet Organization for Development: The Talawiet Organization for Development (TOD), in close collaboration with SUN Civil Society Alliance of Sudan, will promote prevention of malnutrition through increased implementation of social mobilization, advocacy, and behavior change communication that are aligned with national priorities. In this regard, TOD plans to public mobilization to increase pressure for action on nutrition; it will also establish twenty mother support groups (ten for each of Tokar and Sinkat localities) to increase the nutritional awareness of mothers on infant and young child feeding (IYCF). TOD also plans to deliver behavior change campaigns and support community organizations to increase public awareness of nutrition issues. The grographic focus will be on two localities in Red Sea State (Tokar and Sinkat). TOD will support twenty marginalized groups and underserved communities through community dialogue sessions by the established mother support groups. TOD will closely work with ADD, another SUN Pooled Fund grantee in Sudan, to strengthen and support the larger Sudanese CSA.


  • Sudan II – Addition for Disasters Assistance and Development: The Addition for Disasters Assistance and Development (ADD) together with SUN Civil Society Alliance in Sudan, plans to implement this project at sub-national level. The project aims to strengthen in-country non-state stakeholders and parliamentarian’s participation in multi-stakeholder platforms to scale up nutrition plans in the White Nile and Blue Nile state. The project will focus on establishing an effective coordination mechanism between the country’s civil society organizations and intends to strengthen their capacities as they relate to nutrition. Advocacy and the public mobilization will be done to raise the awareness and increase pressure for action on nutrition. ADD will closely work with the Talawiet Organization for Development, another SUN Pooled Fund grantee in Sudan, to support the Sudanese CSA.


  • Bangladesh – Concern Worldwide: The Bangladesh Civil Society Alliance plans to expand and contribute to an enabling political environment for the effective implementation of the second National Plan of Action for Nutrition (NPAN2), aligned with the Bangladesh National Nutrition Policy 2015 (NNP). The project will achieve this by advocating for context-specific, prioritized implementation plans and sufficient sub-national resource allocations for the most nutritionally vulnerable divisions of Sylhet and Chattogram. The CSA for SUN will also mobilise civil society actors in these regions to demand improved government action on nutrition and hold the government accountable for their performance on achieving the targets set out in the Second National Plan of Action for Nutrition (NPAN2).


  • Myanmar – Save the Childre Myanmar: With the support of the Pooled Fund Grant, the Civil Society Alliance of Myanmar will strengthen the SUN CSA’s advocacy work to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding as well as to address other nutrition-related advocacy priorities according to the SUN CSA Nutrition Advocacy Strategy. The project will acheive these objectives by enabling civil society organizations and communities to engage with decision-makers from local and national levels, including parliamentarians other potential nutrition champions as well the media.
    At a critical development state in Myanmar’s nutrition sector, Save the Children plans to sustain the Secretariat of the SUN CSA Myanmar in order to continue strengthening collaboration and engagement of the CSA within the Myanmar SUN Multi-stakeholder Platform (MSP) during the development, implementation and monitoring of the costed Multi-stakeholder National Plan of Action on Nutrition (MS – NPAN) by facilitating more space for the CSOs and grassroots organizations to provide their input.


  • Sri Lanka – World Vision:  World Vision Lanka, in step with the Civil Society Alliance of Sri Lanka, will strengthen national and subnational policy frameworks for ensuring the healthy nutritional status of vulnerable communities. The project will result in stronger government partnerships, accountability and services to the most vulnerable populations. This will be accomplished by (a) collating and amplifying grassroots perspectives from vulnerable districts to influence national policy revision and budgeting processes; (b) facilitating the trickle down of national multi-sectorial action for nutritional improvement to decentralized governments by supporting the formulation of sub-national policy frameworks and; (c) increasing the visibility of nutritional advancements and government commitment to encourage greater accountability in policy implementation and improve awareness of services available for vulnerable populations.


  • Papua New Guinea – Save the Children: Save the Children will lead the formal establishment of a National Civil Society Alliance (CSA) in Papua New Guinea that actively supports civil society participation in decision-making. The CSA will support improved capability of civil society to advocate for increased financial investment for nutrition outcomes and increase the visibility of nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive efforts via national and global reporting and accountability mechanisms.


  • Kyrgyzstan – Alliance of Civil Society for Nutrition and Food Security: The Kyrgyzstan Alliance of Civil Society for Nutrition and Food Security plans to strengthen the advocacy capacity and participation of ten local non-profit organizations in two provinces of Kyrgyzstan to address malnutrition in twelve of the most vulnerable communities. With the help of the Pooled Fund, it will achieve these objectives by collecting evidence from vulnerable and marginalized communities, ensuring participation of local non-governmental organizations in development of new midterm Nutrition Program and sub-national plans, and by establishing two multi-sectoral platforms in two provinces. The alliance will also support informal nutrition education with non-profit organizations and encourage decision-makers’ interactions at the national and sub-national levels.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • El Salvador – CALMA: The Alliance NutrES has plans to develop a process of advocacy with different national actors to contribute to the development, from the new National Food Security Policy PNSAN, a Strategic Plan of Nutritional Food Security PESAN under a SMART approach. For the development of this whole process, the Governance of the NutrES Alliance will strengthen its capacities in gender-sensitive nutrition approaches, resource management, and sustainable interventions after the grant period is over. More Information