SUN Countries in Asia take the first steps in consensus building for budget analysis.
On 15th and 16th April 2015, participants from eight SUN countries met in Bangkok to accelerate efforts in budget analysis for nutrition. The workshop was the first in a series of workshops that aim to help policy makers prioritise, plan and make informed decisions on resource allocation for nutrition in national budgets. Delegations came from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Maharashtra State, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Tajikistan and Vietnam. Participants included government representatives from planning, health and finance sectors and multiple stakeholder groups including the United Nations, Civil Society and Donor organisations.SUN Countries had the opportunity to present their experience as a result of responding to a call of interest during the 17th SUN Country Network Conference Call. Most countries had made significant progress with the 3-step process for budget analysis and were able to improve their understanding in key areas including;
Bangladesh WFP Representative unpacks nutrition on national television
On 20th January 2015, Christa Räder, the World Food Programme Representative for Bangladesh was interviewed on the national nutrition situation by renowned national broadcaster Ekkator TV on in its current affairs programme Arthosonglap.The 20 min interview by Kazi Azizul Islam provided a comprehensive analysis of the country’s nutrition situation and provided practical calls for action for mothers caring for their childrenthrough to policy makers working to prioritize nutrition programmes.Ms. Räder spoke in detail about the critical 1000 day window from conception to age two and the importance of good nutrition during this vital time – particularly exclusive breastfeeding. She also acknowledged the importance of collaboration across Government sectors. The interview was supplemented by a participatory video created by the UN REACH partnership in Bangladesh and the RENEW video project, led by civil society organization Eminence. Along with significant Government efforts, such projects have helped to draw the issue of under nutrition to the attention of policymakers in the country across multiple sectors.
An update to the film that shares the complex causes of malnutrition in Bangladesh
In February 2015, the REACH Partnership in Bangladesh launched a new version of a film about the complex underlying causes of malnutrition. This film is the product of a project whereby community activists were trained with video skills to document their nutrition reality.The project has since been acknowledged as an innovative example of advocacy globally and continues to generate discussion and debate amongst sectors and stakeholders in Bangladesh.A new 4 minute version, edited from the 26 min original aims to increase reach and usage occasions of the film. This will help to bring local perspectives to the forefront and showcase the many causes of undernutrition in the Satkhira district of Bangladesh.
Reference: Scaling Up Nutrition Website Link: http://scalingupnutrition.org/news/page/14