Here Comes the SUN: Empowering Countries to Scale-Up Nutrition Efforts
Since 2013, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) countries have made major strides to bring together stakeholders from multiple sectors to align national efforts to end malnutrition. A primary mechanism to coordinate these efforts at the country level is to develop a Multisectoral National Nutrition Action Plan. The DFID-funded Maximising the Quality of Scaling up Nutrition Plus (MQSUN+) program has supported SUN countries in this process for over six years. Through targeted technical assistance, MQSUN+ has learned that getting to the end product can be a multifaceted and time-intensive process with many steps along the way—building political will, raising awareness and understanding about nutrition, aligning stakeholder priorities, developing a common results framework (CRF), costing and defining scale of nutrition actions and framing monitoring and evaluation.