Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment

Reported progress


London 2013

The Emergency Relief Coordinator will work with colleagues to ensure that the work of the humanitarian community supports the implementation of the commitments made today as part of the Global N4G Compact. Specifically, the coordinators will make sure that nutrition is sufficiently prioritized in humanitarian emergencies and that the work of humanitarian and development agencies on nutrition is more closely aligned. In order to do this, the coordinator will commit to highlighting the importance of nutrition for growth with governments, partners, and donors and will ensure the following:

1. All humanitarian appeals contain an analysis of nutrition needs and priorities.

2. Nutrition is adequately considered and prioritized in the allocation of humanitarian funding.

3. All Humanitarian Coordinators (HCs) are fully informed of the importance of nutrition and how to support it.

4. Emergency nutrition programs are linked to national and development efforts.

Reported progress

1. Nutrition needs are increasingly being considered when defining humanitarian needs and responses. The Global Humanitarian Response for Covid-19 included some innovative approaches, which have been continued in 2021, to maximize availability and access to support, not only from HRP countries but also from any other countries which require technical and strategic assistance in strengthening the Nutrition component of humanitarian preparedness and response.

2. In the first half of 2021, the Global Nutrition Cluster (GNC) provided direct support to 51 countries and five thematic Helpdesks responded to 225 requests from 40 countries. The GNC support dashboard includes additional details of this: https://www.nutritioncluster.net/GNC_Support_Dashboard.

3. As the capacity-building approaches have shifted towards remote or online modalities, the offer of products has drastically increased and the access even by subnational partners has greatly increased. Twelve webinars have been conducted in 2021, benefitting participants from 44 countries, and 17 trainings conducted benefitted 925 participants, 58% of which are reported to be from national organisations. Even wider access is expected through the 120 newly developed e-learning modules available from the GNC.

4. The GNC global mid-year report and country profiles, with additional details on how and where the GNC works can be accessed at https://www.nutritioncluster.net/resources_MID_YEAR_REPORT_2021.

5. Lack of sufficient funding remains a major barrier. As of 13 October 2020, only 30% of nutrition appeals for the HRP were funded and only 2% of nutrition requirements of the Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) for Covid-19 were funded.

On course
Basis of assessment

At least half of the individual commitment components are assessed to be on course