24 May 2019
The 2nd NIPN Global Gathering took place in Amsterdam on May 22-24, bringing together 62 participants from 8 NIPN countries, members of the Expert Advisory Group and representatives of the initiative’s donors. A lot of progress was made over the past year in implementation of the NIPN operational cycle: seven countries are on track with fully operational NIPN teams, in which policy and data components are working together, and a massive amount of preparatory work has been done or is on-going in many of the NIPN countries. The countries were therefore in the driver’s seat of this second Global Gathering, which was almost entirely organized and animated around a ‘body of experience’ showcased across fourteen presentations and group work sessions. View the report and presentations.
21 May 2019
The 3rd Expert Advisory Group (EAG) meeting took place on May 21st in Amsterdam gathering 19 participants. The discussions focused on NIPN implementation challenges, the learning and adaptation agenda and the road towards institutionalising the NIPN approach in countries. The main recommendations from the experts, applying both to the global and the national levels, were about building self-reflection moments throughout implementation, ensuring the quality of NIPN outputs at all levels (data, analysis, interpretation, communication) and building an extended NIPN network to create a set of influential allies to build the visibility and the credibility of the NIPN. The EAG meeting was followed by the NIPN Global Gathering, so that those recommendations could be discussed directly with NIPN country teams. View the report.
28 November 2018
On November 28, NIPN organised a successful side-event during the IFPRI-FAO conference on “Accelerating the End of Hunger and Malnutrition” in Bangkok, attended by about 100 participants. The four panelists discussed the Strategic Opportunities and Institutional Challenges of NIPN. Important points which were mentioned are country ownership, as demonstrated by both Ethiopia and Laos, embedding the NIPN approach in the existing multisectoral nutrition coordination system, clarity on the use of existing data, the active role of certain nutrition actors in knowledge brokering and collaboration forging. View the presentations.
2 October 2018
On Tuesday 2nd October, NIPN & NEP (National Evaluation Platforms, an initiative of Johns Hopkins University) co-organised a workshop on "National Information Platforms to strengthen Nutrition Policy and Programme decisions", with the participation of the Global Support Facility, NIPN teams from Niger and Ethiopia and NEP team from Mali. View the presentations.
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.