Tracking Funding for Nutrition in Ethiopia Across Sectors

Nutrition has improved substantially in Ethiopia in the last two decades, with the stunting rate for children under 5 dropping from 60 percent to 38 percent. In 2015, the Government of Ethiopia and its partners committed to lowering these rates further and faster through signing the Seqota Declaration, setting the ambitious goal of eliminating undernutrition in Ethiopia by 2030.

After the signing of the Seqota Declaration, the Government of Ethiopia requested Results for Development to collaborate on a multi-sectoral resource tracking exercise. In collaboration with Ethiopian government stakeholders, R4D created the first fully comprehensive picture of nutrition spending in Ethiopia from government and development partners across all nutrition-relevant sectors. This report lays the groundwork for future routine multi-sectoral nutrition resource tracking. With financial support from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, this first multi-sectoral nutrition resource tracking exercise was completed in August 2017, with the final report and policy brief released to coincide with the dissemination of Ethiopia’s 6th National Health Accounts exercise.

This nutrition resource tracking exercise compiled data on nutrition funding available across sectors in Ethiopia, from both public and external sources. The analysis of funding for nutrition presented here — by nutrition program type, funding channels (i.e., financing sources and recipients), off-budget funding and government-managed funds, NNP-II strategic objective area, and regional nutrition burden — provides information on the nutrition financing landscape that is critical for strategic planning and policy development. The findings from this analysis will feed into discussions by the National Nutrition Coordinating Body (NNCB), the National Nutrition Technical Committee (NNTC) and the Nutrition Development Partner Forum (NDPF) to support joint planning.

Most funding for nutrition in Ethiopia was contributed by development partners, and the majority was managed by the government — especially for nutrition-sensitive investments. By participating in routine, multi-sectoral resource tracking for nutrition, the Government of Ethiopia and development partners can jointly generate the data needed to build the investment case for nutrition and ensure efficient resource allocation for priority nutrition interventions.

Please contact Mary D’Alimonte for any questions or comments on this report. Download the full report by clicking the link above, or download the policy brief here:

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