Advocacy and awareness raising for the added value of a NIPN (2/2)

Continuous advocacy and awareness raising efforts are therefore needed, in combination with the delivery of relevant outputs, to establish NIPN credibility and authority.

Rather than being an ad hoc, one-time activity, this requires careful planning, seizing strategic windows of opportunity, using multiple communication channels (individual meetings, group discussions, workshops, presentations at high-level events), as well as repetition of a few, carefully formulated key messages.

Key messages should relate to the following questions (amongst others):

  • Why invest in nutrition?
  • Why is a multisectoral approach to nutrition required?
  • Why should data analysis guide policy, programme and budget decisions?
  • What is the NIPN approach and how does it complement existing multisectoral nutrition structures and approaches as well as other nutrition data related initiatives?
  • Why should my sector/department/ministry be concerned with NIPN?
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Examples of presentation to adapt
The Global Support Facility has developed two generic presentations, which countries might find useful to use and adapt to their own context:
  • The first presentation addresses the questions: ‘Why should a country invest in nutrition?’ and ‘Why does nutrition require a multisectoral approach?’
  • The second presentation focuses on the need for data analysis to inform policy decisions and explains what NIPN is.
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