About the project
Governments and development agencies are faced with the challenge of selecting the most effective interventions – nutrition-specific as well as nutrition-sensitive – to help achieve the ambitious international development goal of improved nutrition for everyone. National Information Platforms for Nutrition (NIPN) is a global initiative providing support to countries to strengthen their information systems for nutrition and to improve the analysis of data so as to better inform the strategic decisions they are faced with to prevent malnutrition and its consequences. It is driven by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Cooperation and Development and it is also supported by the United Kingdom Department for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The NIPN initiative is designed to support countries in the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement to strengthen their capacity to bring together existing information on nutritional status with information on factors that influence nutritional outcomes, including policies, programmes and investments, in order to track progress towards international global targets; to analyse data to understand better how malnutrition can be prevented; and to inform national policies and improve programmes. The initiative currently involves Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, Laos, Niger and Uganda, but other countries will join.
A Global Support Facility (GSF) has been set up to support each country to develop a National Information Platform for Nutrition and to coordinate the technical support and capacity building required. An Expert Advisory Group has also been constituted to provide technical guidance and advice throughout the project.
The function of a National Information Platform for Nutrition is to inform policies and programmes for improving human nutrition by bringing together and analysing information and data from all sectors that can influence nutrition (such as health; agriculture and food; water and sanitation; social protection...). To do so, the NIPN approach will provide a platform to:
- raise questions governments need to answer to develop or refine their policies and programmes;
- bring together existing information needed to answer those questions, including indicators of nutritional outcomes, published literature, contextual information and data on programmes and investments from all sectors;
- analyse data and interpret results in the light of current knowledge to try to answer the questions;
- disseminate findings and evidence to policy makers and programme planners.
NIPN implementation in countries is guided by the following principles:
- Country-owned: design of platform and analysis of data embedded within national structures
- Sensitive to context: analysis meets each country’s needs and priorities
- Builds upon what exists: makes the best use of current information systems and existing coordination mechanisms
- Strengthens capacity: supports the skills, means and analytical methods to achieve objectives
- Adds value: complements or is synergistic with other initiatives, avoiding the duplication of efforts
- Enhances multi-sectoral efforts: supports national policies and multi-sectoral plans for better nutrition