8 March 2017
The National Information Platforms for Nutrition (NIPN) are a European Commission-led innovation in nutrition information, analysis, learning and accountability, currently being implemented in six countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, Laos, Niger and Uganda. The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement has been a crucial partner in opening dialogue with countries about the potential utility of a NIPN in their context. And financial contributions from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have helped to widen this into a multi-stakeholder collaboration. Visit the website: http://www.nipn-nutrition-platforms.org for more information.
1 March 2017
This five-minute video presents the overall objective and approach of the NIPN initiative of the European Commission and the broad principles for its implementation in benefiting countries.
19 December 2016
The added value of the NIPN initiative lays in its unique blend of country-leadership, facilitated inter-sectoral dialogue, and capacity-strengthening to maximise the use of existing information (both quantitative and qualitative) to inform policies. The Global Support Facility has published a short concept note about the NIPN initiative that presents the guiding principles of a National Information Platform for Nutrition, and explains how the initiative intends to support countries in setting up their platform and to build capacity of national stakeholders to design evidence-based policies and programmes.
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, where the Global Support Facility is based. On this occasion, critical reflections, advice and support 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.
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