The Global Nutrition Report tracks the progress of donors against the spending commitments they make as part of the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) process.

Use the tables on this page to track and compare some of the nutrition disbursements that donors reported between 2010 and 2018. The totals include spending by donors who made financial commitments at the 2013 London Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit.

Full details of commitments made are available for all donors and entities. The 2018 totals are taken from the latest N4G survey. This latest data is presented alongside historic disbursement information, which has been compiled from previous surveys and Global Nutrition Reports.

Read more about the nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive actions these disbursements support.

Table 1: Nutrition-specific disbursements (US$ thousands) reported by donors to the Global Nutrition Report, 2010–2018

Donors 2010 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Australia 6,672 16,516 NA 20,857 NA 15,639 NA 17,902
Canada 98,846 205,463 169,350 159,300 108,600 97,628 93,099 106,386
EU 50,889 8 54,352 44,680 48,270 29,721 57,097 53,480
France 2,895 3,852 2,606 6,005 4,660 8,572 4,339 NR
Germany 2,987 2,719 35,666 50,572 51,399 18,047 19,621 28,934
Ireland 7,691 7,565 10,776 19,154 13,079 12,391 18,238 NR
Netherlands 2,661 4,007 20,216 25,025 31,604 46,331 32,837 67,879
Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
UK 39,860 63,127 105,000 87,000 92,400 156,000 188,294 159,586
US 82,613 229,353 288,649 263,241 382,891 296,974 195,921 177,948
Gates Foundation 50,060 80,610 83,534 61,700 96,500 96,616 144,532 NR
CIFF 980 5,481 37,482 26,750 53,607 32,784 63,180 24,413
World Bank NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

Source: Based on data provided by the donors.

Notes: NR: no response to our request for data; NA: not applicable (meaningful totals cannot be calculated owing to missing data or data produced using a methodology other than the SUN Donor Network’s). Data is in current prices. Most donors reported in US$; where they did not, an annual average market exchange rate from OECD or the US Internal Revenue Service is used. CIFF: Children’s Investment Fund Foundation; Gates Foundation: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Calculations and reporting often differ by country and donor. See below for donor-specific notes.

Table 2: Nutrition-sensitive disbursements (US$ thousands) reported by donors to the Global Nutrition Report, 2010–2018

Donors 2010 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Australia 49,903 114,553 NA 87,598 NA 128,706 NA 55,259
Canada 80,179 90,171 NA 998,674 1,271,986 1,309,732 1,102,545 1,081,706
EU 392,563 309,209 315,419 570,890 423,704 496,672 538,637 510,160
France 23,003 27,141 33,599 NR 23,781 16,446 25,991 NR
Germany 18,856 29,139 20,642 51,547 84,174 186,780 142,809 159,371
Ireland 34,806 45,412 48,326 56,154 54,217 54,248 56,843 NR
Netherlands 2,484 20,160 21,616 18,274 28,422 56,510 53,917 23,068
Switzerland 21,099 28,800 29,160 26,501 43,656 42,190 59,971 63,565
UK 302,215 412,737 734,700 780,500 928,300 693,000 706,334 728,797
US 2,005,880 1,968,759 2,449,706 2,656,269 2,555,332 3,038,180 3,548,197 3,745,170
Gates Foundation 12,320 34,860 43,500 29,200 42,000 62,619 37,289 NR
CIFF 0 0 854 154 20,725 21,595 38,538 49,409
World Bank NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

Source: Based on data provided by the donors.

Notes: NR: no response to our request for data; NA: not applicable (meaningful totals cannot be calculated owing to missing data or data produced using a methodology other than the SUN Donor Network’s). Data is in current prices. Most donors reported in US$; where they did not, an annual average market exchange rate from OECD or the US Internal Revenue Service is used. CIFF: Children’s Investment Fund Foundation; Gates Foundation: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Calculations and reporting often differ by country and donor. See below for donor-specific notes.

Table 3: Total nutrition disbursements (US$ thousands) reported by donors to the Global Nutrition Report, 2010–2018

Donors 2010 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Australia 56,575 131,069 NA 108,455 NA 144,345 NA 73,161
Canada 179,025 295,634 NA 1,157,974 1,380,586 1,407,360 1,195,645 1,188,092
EU 443,452 309,217 369,771 615,570 471,974 526,393 595,734 563,639
France 25,898 30,993 36,205 NA 28,441 25,018 30,330 NR
Germany 21,843 31,858 56,308 102,119 135,573 204,827 162,430 188,305
Ireland 42,497 52,977 59,102 75,308 67,295 66,640 75,081 NR
Netherlands 5,145 24,167 41,832 43,299 60,027 102,841 86,754 90,948
Switzerland 21,099 28,800 29,160 26,501 43,656 42,190 59,971 63,565
UK 342,075 475,864 839,700 867,500 1,020,700 849,000 894,628 888,384
US 2,088,493 2,198,112 2,738,356 2,919,510 2,938,223 3,335,154 3,744,118 3,923,119
Gates Foundation 62,380 115,470 127,034 90,900 138,500 159,235 181,822 NR
CIFF 980 5,481 38,336 26,904 74,332 54,379 101,718 73,823
World Bank NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

Source: Based on data provided by the donors.

Notes: NR: no response to our request for data; NA: not applicable (meaningful totals cannot be calculated owing to missing data or data produced using a methodology other than the SUN Donor Network’s). Data is in current prices. Most donors reported in US$; where they did not, an annual average market exchange rate from OECD or the US Internal Revenue Service is used. CIFF: Children’s Investment Fund Foundation; Gates Foundation: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Calculations and reporting often differ by country and donor. See below for donor-specific notes.

Australia: disbursement figures are reported biennially to the Global Nutrition Report.

Canada: methodology 1) for nutrition-specific disbursements, used Creditor Reporting System (CRS) purpose code 12240-basic nutrition disbursements as reported to the OECD DAC; 2) for nutrition-sensitive, used a pre-identified subset of CRS codes linked to nutrition-sensitive outcomes to identify potential nutrition-sensitive projects, manually assessed each referred project according to the SUN criteria, and applied the associated proportional allocation to nutrition-sensitive CRS codes of validated projects. For the aggregate figure, it applied an annual average market exchange rate for 2016 to report in US$.

EU: 1) for nutrition-specific disbursements, identified all disbursements reported to the DAC linked to nutrition-specific commitments made so far and applied the SUN methodology of 100% of the disbursement amount; 2) for nutrition-sensitive, identified all disbursements reported to the DAC linked to nutrition-sensitive commitments made so far and applied the SUN methodology of the proportional allocation of 100% or 25% of the disbursement amount depending on whether the related commitment had been categorised as ‘nutrition-sensitive dominant’ or ‘nutrition-sensitive partial’. A commitment corresponds to a legally binding financial agreement between the EU and a partner. The disbursement figures reported by the EU are the total amounts of commitments contracted so far. Further disbursements of funds are made according to a schedule of disbursements outlined in individual contracts, progress in implementation and rate of use of the funds by the partner.

France: reported US$4.7 million as nutrition-specific disbursements in 2015. The only difference between what France reported through the OECD DAC system and to the Global Nutrition Report is the SUN contribution, which was counted as a nutrition-specific disbursement for our reporting.

Germany: figures represent nutrition disbursements from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

Japan: The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA): data on JICA’s nutrition interventions was sent separately to the Global Nutrition Report and does not include figures from any other Japanese government agency. In 2018, this was US$12.6 million for nutrition-specific interventions and US$304.3 million for nutrition-sensitive interventions.

Switzerland: does not use the basic nutrition code and thus reports 0 for nutrition-specific spending.

UK: figures represent nutrition disbursements from the Department for International Development (DFID) only; 2016 figure includes US$45 million of nutrition-specific matched funding; 2017 figure includes US$89 million of nutrition-specific matched funding; 2018 figure includes US$35 million of matched funding. In November 2020, DFID merged with the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to form the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, who responded to this survey.

US: the nutrition-sensitive component is calculated differently from that of other countries. For nutrition-specific, the US government uses the OECD DAC CRS purpose code 12240, which includes activities implemented through the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program. It also includes the portion of ‘emergency food aid’ (CRS code 72040) and ‘development food aid’ (CRS code 52010) under the Title II Food for Peace Program identified as nutrition (programme element 3.1.9) in the US government’s Foreign Assistance Framework. This programme element aims to reduce chronic malnutrition among children under 5 years of age. To achieve this goal, development partners use a preventive approach during the first 1,000 days – from pregnancy until the child is two. Programmes use a synergistic package of nutrition-specific and sensitive interventions that help decrease chronic and acute malnutrition by improving preventive and curative health services, including: growth monitoring and promotion; water, sanitation and hygiene; immunisation; deworming; reproductive health and family planning; and malaria prevention and treatment.

World Bank: does not submit disbursements to the Global Nutrition Report and reports only on commitments through the N4G process. For the Bank, these commitments are legally binding and can be considered disbursements. However, the reporting is not comparable to other donors’ disbursement figures hence not presented in the table.