Supporting the development & operationalisation of the SUN Movement Knowledge Management & Learning strategy
Between July – November 2020, N4D undertook consultations to develop recommendations on how the Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) Movement can help countries meet their priority knowledge and learning needs and thereby strengthen capabilities for scaling up actions and accelerating progress in reducing all forms of malnutrition. Knowledge management and learning is a key priority within the overall SUN strategy (2021-2025).
The N4D approach
The N4D approach was highly consultative and iterative. Following initial consultations, a proposed way forward was developed as the basis for further discussions with SUN stakeholders, including governments, civil society organisations, UN agencies, donors, businesses and academia. In line with the overall SUN strategy, the KML approach focusses on enabling countries to meet their context specific needs. Therefore, priority was given to consultations with country level stakeholders, whilst also hearing the perspectives of actors at regional and global levels on how to best support countries meet their needs.
Key findings and recommendations for the SUN knowledge management & learning system
The SUN Movement should place increased emphasis on supporting countries to review and strengthen their national knowledge management and learning systems and course correct policies and actions on the basis of lessons learnt.
The SUN Movement should improve the system through which countries and peers learn from each other and access more tailored and coherent technical assistance aligned with country priorities. We propose regional working groups which bring regional and global actors together to develop a common analyses of priority knowledge and learning needs which are then used to broker learning exchanges between countries and better coordinated TA in response to country needs.
The SUN Movement should advocate for the establishment of a Global Knowledge Hub for nutrition which signposts to countries where they can find curated knowledge on what works both to build an enabling environment and deliver services that improve nutrition outcomes. The Hub would also help improve the efficiency of knowledge creation by identifying gaps and duplication in research, evaluation and other knowledge creation activities.
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