17 June 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.
A massive amount of preparatory work has been done or is on-going in many of the NIPN countries, such as data landscapes, policy reviews, capacity strengthening, formulation of relevant policy questions, data analyses, engagement with policy makers…
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.
Exchanges and discussions led to concrete recommendations and possible actions for the coming years, both at country and global levels.
23 April 2019
The National Information Platform for Nutrition was officially launched in Bangladesh on April 23 by the Ministry of Food and the European Union, together with four nutrition governance initiatives of the Government of Bangladesh supported by the European Union.
The inauguration took place during the National Nutrition Week in Bangladesh, in the presence of the Food Minister, M. Sadhan Chandra Majumder; the Ambassador of the European Union to Bangladesh; H.E. Rensje Teerink; the Senior Secretary of the General Economic Division of the Ministry of Planning, Prof. Shamsul Alam; and the Health Services Division Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, M. Ashadul Islam.
11 April 2019
Between January and April 2019, the Global Support facility has organised three capacity building workshops for NIPN country teams and government stakeholders on the implementation of the NIPN operational cycle. During these three-day workshops, the focus was on the first two steps of the NIPN operational cycle: ‘How to formulate nutrition-related policy-relevant questions?’, and ‘How and what data to analyse to answer those questions?’ Related issues were also discussed such as data quality, data management, capacity assessment and development plans. The first workshop was held in Ethiopia, the second one in Côte d’Ivoire brought together the three francophone NIPN countries (Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Niger) and the third workshop took place in Laos. Altogether, over 80 participants participated in those workshops, from NIPN country teams, national institutions, ministries and international partners. Additional workshops are being planned for the other NIPN countries.
3 April 2019
The third NIPN operational capacity building workshop was organised by the GSF on April 3-5 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. This three-day workshop focused on the first two steps of the NIPN operational cycle: how to formulate nutrition-related policy-relevant questions and how and what data to analyse to answer those questions. Other related issues were also discussed such as data quality, data management, capacity development needs, etc. The attendance was high with more than 30 stakeholders from national institutions hosting the NIPN (Centre for Policy Development Research, National Institute for Economic Research, Lao Bureau of Statistics), ministries (of Planning, Health, Agriculture & Forestry, Education & Sports) and from UNICEF, which is providing technical assistance to the national organisations.
2 April 2019
In Niger, the national nutrition security policy (NNSP) has been officially adopted last October, under the leadership of the 3N High Commission “Niger feeds Nigeriens” (HCI3N), which sits in the President’s office. The NNSP governance structure was approved: it comprises a Nutrition Unit within HCI3N, a multisectoral Strategic Committee and a multisectoral Technical Committee. The Technical Committee, which is in charge of coordinating the implementation and ensuring the technical follow-up of the NNSP, will also function as the NIPN “Multisectoral Advisory Committee”, responsible for the technical validation of NIPN work plan and outputs. The first task of this new Technical Committee is to discuss and validate the question analysis framework plan for 2019/2020, prepared by the NIPN team based on sector-wide consultations. This plan is a major step forward in order to provide answers to a number of priority nutrition policy-relevant questions in Niger.
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