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Learning Route: Strengthening the Capacity of SUN Countries to Scale Up Nutrition through Learning Routes

ruta sun senegal 2014

8th to the 14th September 2014

Launched in 2010, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) exists in 46 countries, and brings together different actors -governments, civil society, the United Nations (UN), donors and businesses- in a worldwide effort to eliminate all forms of malnutrition.

Despite their socio-economical and cultural distinctiveness, these countries face similar challenges and problems related to child malnutrition thus the need for sharing opportunities to learn from each other’s experience became a clear priority for the movement.

In response to this, the SUN Movement Secretariat (SMS) partnered with PROCASUR Corporation in 2014 to develop a pilot programme aimed at improving sharing and learning initiatives between the SUN countries. Two Learning Routes were held as part of the programme: the first one in Senegal, from the 26th of May to the 1st of June 2014, coordinated by the Fight Against Malnutrition Unit –Cellule de Lutte contre la Malnutrition (CLM); the second one in Peru from the 8th to the 14th September 2014, where visiting delegations were hosted by the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion (MIDIS).

The Learning Routes had the main objectives of: improving knowledge of SUN members about successful initiatives in nutrition, enabling better access to hands-on methods and practical tools to scale-up nutrition, strengthening partnerships and networking, and systematic, continued cross-fertilization among countries. The learning exchanges also focused on a set of inter-related Thematic Areas that participating countries themselves had identified and proposed: institutional coordination, decentralized approach to nutrition, financial management and fund-raising strategies, and communication strategies to promote behavioral change towards better nutritional status