National demand and readiness for the NIPN approach

Between 2016 and 2018, within the framework of an EU-led initiative, eight countries have made progress in setting up a National Information Platform for Nutrition.

Lessons learnt from the experience of these countries could be of interest to others considering the adoption of a similar approach, especially those among the more than 60 member countries of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, which are already committed to the development of an evidence-based multisectoral approach to improving nutrition.

This guidance note covers important issues to address during the preparation phase prior to setting up a NIPN, during inception and early stages of implementation:

  • Core principles and pre-conditions
  • Scoping
  • Advocacy and awareness raising
  • Institutional arrangements
  • Resources
  • Risk assessment and mitigation plan
  • NIPN work plan and progress monitoring

A mid-term review of the EU-led NIPN initiative carried out in 2018 provided valuable insights and recommendations which have been incorporated into this guidance note.