MAC’s core principles
A series of core principles guides the creation of a Multisectoral Advisory Committee (MAC) in country. The following principles will allow the MAC to be effective and efficient:
- Embedded within existing multisectoral coordination structures and high-level representation of each key sector that contributes to the implementation of the Multisectoral Nutrition Policies and Plans of Action.
- Formalised: Operating procedures and terms of reference should be formally endorsed by all stakeholders. Preferably, where possible, the mandate and functions of the MAC need formal government approval or a decree, or any other official description of the roles and composition, such as a terms of reference.
- Continuity of high-level participation: MAC members, especially sectoral government representatives, are invited because of their strategic position and influence, and their convening power. They play a pivotal role and should not be represented by lower-level staff.
- Open to participation by external experts: Non-government experts might be invited to join the MAC on an ad hoc basis to provide expertise and enhance complementarity with other initiatives. For example, representatives of the SUN networks (donors, UN, civil society, research and academia, private sector).