5 July 2018
This three-day Global Gathering of the NIPN allowed all the 60+ participants from the 10 participating countries to feel part of a whole, created a common understanding of NIPN, enabled discussion of technical matters, implementation needs, opportunities and bottlenecks, and encouraged collaboration and sharing across countries. The most telling statistics in the final evaluation were that 77% of the participants felt their country NIPNs had been strengthened by the gathering, the same number believed the gathering had helped their teams to progress, and 90% went away feeling that they now know what the next steps are in their countries. View the report and presentations.
21 March 2018
The second meeting of the NIPN Expert Advisory Group (EAG) was held in Brussels on March 21st. The meeting specifically focused on the progress of the NIPN initiative, and was joined by SUN focal persons from five NIPN countries who spoke briefly about their experiences. The meeting highlighted the main opportunities and challenges that are arising now that projects are being implemented in nine countries, and recommendations were made by members of the EAG to be taken up by the team in the NIPN Global Support Facility. View the report.
9 November 2017
NIPN was involved in the organisation of a parallel session on ’nutrition data revolution’ during the SUN Global Gathering held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, in November 2017. The session was facilitated by representatives of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the panel comprised the General Secretary of the Niger ’3N’ initiative, who presented the NIPN; the SUN Focal Person from Mali, who showcased the NEP experience; and the SUN Focal Person from Lao PDR, who spoke from a ’data poor’ country perspective. In conclusion, the DFID representative gave a joint statement on behalf of the SUN donor network reaffirming the donors’ commitment to nutrition data, and putting forward the NIPN initiative as a modest but very important step towards that commitment.
30 September 2016
An Expert Advisory Group of 16 members from UN agencies, international NGOs and research organisations has been constituted to provide guidance on the technical and political dimensions of designing a multi-sectoral platform for analysing nutrition-related information. The group met for the first time in September in Montpellier, France. Critical reflections and advice to guide the next stages were provided. It was acknowledged that the NIPN is an ambitious initiative, which benefits will not be immediate but felt in phases over time. But the process of engagement is as important as the outputs, through the facilitation of closer collaborative work across sectors and stakeholders in the countries, with a view to the longer-term sustainability of the platforms. View the report.
24 June 2016
During the Agriculture-Nutrition-Health Academy Week, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on June 20-24, 2016, the National Information Platforms for Nutrition initiative was presented.
The presentation discussed some of the political and practical challenges experienced while setting up a NIPN in the first five countries to enable the platform to be multisectoral as well as objective and non-sectoral in its analytical approach, and briefly described the challenges for estimating the attributable impact of programmes and investments in agriculture to prevent malnutrition. View the abstract.