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Pathways to Better Nutrition Country Case Studies

Understanding How Policy Translates into Action

A multi-sectoral approach is often thought to be the most effective way to address undernutrition.

Good governance and policy can create momentum for improved nutrition. But how can countries best move from good nutrition policy to improved nutrition outcomes? SPRING’s Pathways to Better Nutrition Case Studies provide new evidence to help countries understand how nutrition-related activities are prioritized and funded, focusing on the effect that national nutrition action plans have on these processes in two different contexts: Uganda and Nepal.

Having a nutrition action plan is an important first step; however, a plan alone will not achieve nutrition goals at scale. To translate the high-level commitment signaled in a national action plan into new activities and increased funding, nutrition must be prioritized by the relevant ministries, local governments, and external partners. These case studies test whether national nutrition action plans in Uganda and Nepal improved the prioritization of nutrition during work planning, which in turn increased funding for nutrition over the course of the study’s tenure. Through this process, we identified several concrete drivers of change in the prioritization and funding for nutrition and developed a list of recommendations to help countries maximize the impact of their national nutrition action plans.

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Briefs |
Toward Shared Goals: Building Multi-Sectoral Coordination for Nutrition in Uganda and Nepal
Events |
Pathways to Better Nutrition Case Studies Dissemination Event
Videos |
Pathways to Better Nutrition Country Case Studies Overview
Posters |
Estimating Country-Level Nutrition Investments: Global Implications of a Two-Country Study
Briefs |
Adapting National Nutrition Action Plans to the Subnational Context: The Case of Nepal
News |
SPRING and Global Partners Harmonize Technical Support in Global Nutrition Budget Analysis
Series |
User’s Guide to the Nutrition Budget Analysis Tool
Briefs |
For the Long Haul: Financing Sustained Commitment to Nutrition
News |
Nutrition Financing Takes Center Stage at Major International Conferences
Briefs |
Understanding Scale-up in the Context of the Ugandan Nutrition Action Plan