Following the Funding: Nutrition for Growth (August 2016)

In 2012, the World Health Assembly endorsed global targets to improve maternal and child nutrition by 2025—an ambitious vision now reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals. The 2013 Nutrition for Growth (N4G) event—where donors pledged US $4.15 billion for nutrition-specific and $19 billion for nutrition-sensitive programs—was an essential step on the long-neglected road to support country-owned efforts to improve child nutrition.

ACTION’s scorecard (learn more here) tracks the ambition and delivery of N4G commitments, providing a baseline measurement for future pledge delivery and a progress report for donors who set earlier deadlines. Consistent and accessible reporting is essential for tracking to be accurate and meaningful. While these commitments are critical to meeting global targets, they are indicators for global progress rather than an exhaustive list of funding. This third edition of the N4G scorecard provides presents sensible analysis of and "asks" to of the 14 largest N4G donors for the 2016-2017 N4G Summit. (The donors are Australia, Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom, United States, and the World Bank as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation).

In 2016, we learned that an additional investment of $7 billion each year is needed to achieve four out of the six global targets, on top of current levels of spending.[1] This financial gap must be bridged by national governments, donors, and other stakeholders/mechanisms.

Overall, it is clear that donors must meet existing commitments and also considerably increase nutrition investments to meet globally agreed targets.


[1] Shekar M et al. (2016). Investing in Nutrition: The Foundation for Development. Retrieved from