Planning and costing for the acceleration of actions for nutrition: Experiences of countries in the movement for scaling up nutrition. SUN

Authors: Health Partners International
Document Type: Reports
Publication Date: 2014

Costing the global nutrition agenda through exercises such as the 2010 World Bank Scaling Up Nutrition publication and the 2013 Lancet nutrition series has helped to increase funding for nutrition in recent years. Individual country costing exercises are an essential next step: they help with the prioritisation process when planning for action, and enable countries to leverage additional resources. Yet developing a nutrition plan can be a daunting task, especially when there is limited guidance on what costs to include, or unit costs to build in. This report, produced by the Secretariat of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement, with contributions from the Maximising Quality of Scaling Up Nutrition (MQSUN) initiative, of which HPI is a part, analyses the costed nutrition plans of 20 SUN countries. The report highlights the strengths, gaps and imperfections in the plans, and synthesizes key lessons to inform future planning processes. Seven key principles to guide future national nutrition planning processes are highlighted. These include the need to plan around a common results framework; specify and budget for the stewardship role to be played by government during nutrition planning; and to focus on tracking the use of resources.

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Tags: Scaling up, Costing of services, Millenium Development Goals, Health care financing, Planning, MQSUN, Nutrition, Health care planning,