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 Nutrition Cluster has expanded its direct support from less than 30 countries in the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) prior to Covid-19 to 63 countries as part of the Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) for Covid-19. This was the result of an increase in demand from countries facing new crises or being affected by an exacerbation of previous crises, but also an improvement of the offer, through improved guidance material and tools and technical assistance. The Global Nutrition Cluster Support Dashboard includes some details of this: https://www.nutritioncluster.net/GNC_Support_Dashboard

2. As of 13 October 2020, only 30% of nutrition appeals for the HRP were funded and only 2% of nutrition requirements of the GHRP for Covid-19 were funded. [Please see slide 36 of the linked presentation: https://www.nutritioncluster.net/News/2020_Mid_year_report; additional details may be pulled out of the Financial Tracking System (FTS).]

3. UNOCHA sent an advocacy document to all Humanitarian Coordinators in August 2017, focusing on the synergy of multisectoral actions to achieve global and national nutrition-related SDG targets, particularly in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS). This included background information on the importance of nutrition, and opportunities for achieving national nutrition targets. Currently, the Global Nutrition Cluster is in discussion stages with the SUN Movement to prepare an additional advocacy note to Resident Coordinators and Humanitarian Coordinators on the importance of strengthening national and subnational capacity for nutrition sectoral coordination, as part of a comprehensive multisectoral mechanism to prevent malnutrition prior to, during and after emergencies.

4. Prior to Covid-19 the Global Nutrition Cluster had already identified the need to widen the focus of our work from only a small number of HRP countries to also ensure that other fragile countries could benefit from the tools, guidance and technical expertise available from the Global Nutrition Cluster. The Covid-19 response provides the opportunity to accelerate these changes, which are based on closer collaboration with partners working in development programming to ensure that national and subnational capacity for sectoral/cluster coordination are strengthened, to prevent malnutrition prior to, during and after a crisis. As part of this approach, they also renewed our efforts to support the active engagement and participation in cluster leadership by NGOs and particularly national NGOs with specific guidance provided.

On course
Basis of assessment

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