In 2017, the World Bank, R4D, and 1000 Days created the Investment Framework for Nutrition as a roadmap toward achieving the World Health Assembly (WHA) nutrition targets by 2025. The framework estimates that the world needs to mobilize an annual additional investment of $7 billion per year to scale-up nutrition-specific interventions at the level needed to achieve the global targets, where, of these costs, $2.3 billion per year is needed for a priority package of ready-to-scale interventions.
Since then, R4D has been tracking donor disbursements to priority interventions needed to achieve the WHA nutrition targets to monitor progress toward the financial benchmarks laid out in the Investment Framework. In our latest update, we report donor disbursements from 2015 to 2021 and the financing gap that remains. The beginning of the period started on an upward trend, but overall progress has been stagnant and actually decreased after 2020, resulting in the largest gap in nutrition financing since tracking began. Financing for stunting, anemia, and exclusive breastfeeding has either plateaued or decreased over the full period, and financing for wasting and above-service delivery investments decreased significantly in this last year after previously positive trends.
We wish to thank the many partners who participated in the development of the method and review of the findings, including members of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Donor Network who contributed their time and input to this analysis across the years. The authors would like to thank the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for supporting this study.
We are grateful for the support provided by the 2023 research team, led by Abbe McCarter with support from Caroline Sarpy, Christina Knapski and Kerong Kelly. R4D is also grateful to the core team that helped spearhead this initiative in 2016, including Mary D’Alimonte, Jack Clift, Emily Thatcher, Stephanie Heung, and Augustin Flory, and to integral team members who joined as the analysis evolved into what it is today, including Caroline Andridge, Kyle Borces, Ryan LeMier, Felicity Nelson, Abbe McCarter, and David Christensen.
Tracking aid for the WHA nutrition targets: 2015-2020 (September 2022) The 2020 update was supported by R4D Nutrition interns Luka Pauwelyn, Lauryn Cravens, Henrike Schmalfuss and Rana Isaczai.
Tracking aid for the WHA nutrition targets: 2015-2019 (August 2021). The 2019 update was supported by R4D Nutrition Interns Anna Gillespie and Haley VanOverbeck