Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) project
The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement is a renewed effort to eliminate malnutrition, based on the principle that everyone has a right to food and good nutrition. The Movement’s vision is to, by 2030, ensure a world free from malnutrition in all its forms. The Movement is unique in the way that it brings together different groups of people – governments, the civil society, the UN, donors, businesses and scientists. As well as focussing on relevant targets for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, SUN countries and their supporters are working towards the World Health Assembly targets on maternal, infant and young child nutrition by 2025.
In September 2017, Afghanistan joined the the 59 SUN Countries and 3 Indian States that form the SUN Movement. In 2019, AfD successfully applied to the SUN Movement Pooled Fund. The Pooled Fund concept aims to strengthen the capacity of non-governmental systems in SUN countries. The intended outcome of AfD’s project under the Pooled Fund Window 1 is to strengthen the Afghanistan Civil Society Alliance (CSA) in order to ensure that by the end of 2020 there are SMART, costed, multi-stakeholder Nutrition Plans in place. To achieve this goal, AfD is working with a local implementing NGO – Afghanistan Human Rights Organisation (ARHO), who currently lead the Afghanistan CSA.
Strengthening of Afghan CSA
The AfD SUN Movement Pooled Fund Project 2019-2020 aims to strengthen the Afghanistan SUN CSA (CSAs advocate for an increased focus on nutritional outcomes in national policies and programmes, as well as working to ensure that Civil Society efforts to tackle malnutrition are alligned with national plans). As such, the project started with a mapping exercise to identify those Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Afghanistan that are involved in nutrition and other related sectors at both national and sub-national level. Reaching out to these organisations to include them in the Afghanistan SUN Civil Society Alliance membership ensures that the full range of CSOs are included and actively engaged in scaling-up nutrition at country level.