Donors are one of five key constituencies supporting the global movement to Scale Up Nutrition. At the country level SUN donors usually form a coordination group, if this does not already exist, and in collaboration with the Government Focal Point, agree a Donor Convenor. Terms of Reference for the Donor Convenor and Donor Support roles are in Annex 1. These can be adapted for the specific country context. In addition to engaging with the coordination group, donors are also expected to be part of the Multi-stakeholder Platform which is the recommended mechanism at the country level for bringing all stakeholders together to plan and implement scaling up nutrition.
At the international / cross-country level, donors work together through the SUN Donor Network1. An annual work plan for the network will be developed and updated as appropriate (see Annex X). The chair(s) of the donor network will directly link with the SUN Secretariat and through this ensure that all efforts are linked and coordinated with the work of other SUN constituent networks.
The donor contribution to SUN will be measured through a series of agreed indicators (see Annex X for draft indicators). Each country level donor coordination group will be expected to measure progress against these in collaboration with the Government Focal Point and report annually to the donor network in time for the annual progress report in September. The donor network will aggregate these results as appropriate and support the analysis and interpretation of the findings. In addition the donor network will report nutrition ODA figures on an annual basis using an agreed method.

Objectives of SUN Donor Network

SUN governments endorse the appointment of a donor convener in each SUN country. The in-country SUN donor convener works with donor agencies to focus on increasing and coordinating financial support for national nutrition interventions. The primary roles of the Donor Convener are:


collective donor support for scaling up nutrition at the country level


and harmonise investments to address identified gaps


the wider donor group in discussions with government


The network is guided by a group of senior officials from donor partners. The SUN Donor Network Senior Officials Group undertook its first joint mission to a SUN country, Zambia, in December 2013. During the visit, the senior officials held a one-day retreat on how they can continue to best support SUN countries, undertook a number of field visits and met with the SUN networks and senior government officials. The senior officials agreed to make a sustained effort to increase the number of donor conveners in SUN countries, to coordinate on political opportunities to support nutrition in international processes, including the Post-2015 Development Agenda process and the Second International Conference on Nutrition.


The donor lead should be agreed among the donor agencies and the relevant government authorities. Candidate donors are those actively engaged in the country, with a country presence, involved in financially supporting nutrition specific and/or nutrition sensitive programmes and committed to increasing their resources for nutrition.
Donor supporters in SUN countries Membership All donors who are supporting programmes intending to deliver nutrition results, and have a country presence, will be eligible to be a donor supporter.

Progress at a glance

In a bid to increase, harmonise and align development partners’ support for government-led nutrition plans, 36 countries have an appointed donor convener – up from 28 in 2015-2016; There are SUN Donor Networks in 24 SUN Countries. 45 MSPs work with donors in 2016-2017;

  • The Network has developed and provided high-level strategic messaging about the importance of nutrition;
  • In the reporting period, the SDN has reviewed these structures at the country level and strives to increase learning and capacity strengthening – to promote multisectoral country efforts to end malnutrition;
  • Identifying and filling data gaps has been a priority. A mapping of global nutrition data and accountability initiatives to support the understanding of data priorities has been implemented and shared with countries. Based on this, an assessment of SUN Country data priorities has been conducted and continues. A variety of global programmes, funded by several donors to strengthen the capacity to generate, analyse and use data at the country level, are yielding results;
  • Overviews of available donor initiatives, programmes and funding sources have been collected, compiled and shared with SUN Countries, also looking at available funding mechanisms and
    sources to SUN Countries, enabling countries to access those funds at the national level;
  • The SUN Movement support structure has been strengthened through financial support including the development and design of the new ‘pooled fund’ in support of Civil Society Alliances in SUN Countries.


  1. Commit to fully operationalize the good nutrition partnership principles agreed in Ottawa, Dec 2010
  2. Encouraging a greater understanding of the SUN Framework and Roadmap within field office;
  3. Promoting the integration of nutrition sensitive development in national planning processes and budgets;
  4. Raising nutrition considerations in donor coordination mechanisms such as SWAps in multiple sectors (notably agriculture, education, health and social protection);
  5. Encouraging the identification of nutrition specific outcomes in multiple sectors;
  6. Commit to fully support the donor convenor in delivery of the tasks above.


Firming up coordination and delivery at the country level, through improved harmonisation
of donor approaches to nutrition and alignment with nutrition strategies and CRFs;

Strengthening the role

of donor conveners and support systems, building further on the existing review of structures and responsibilities

Improving coordination

mechanisms and structures among donors and with other SUN structures, by strengthening capacities, at national and regional levels

Supporting resource

mobilisation for nutrition globally, and amplify this support at the country level, whilst identifying opportunities for new nutrition commitments and breaking them down to countries

Improving the understanding

and transparency of multilateral and bilateral funding sources to improve accessibility for countries. The SDN aims at supporting a more effective governance structure

Strengthening the SDN’s

communication and knowledge management, in particular on nutrition policy and strategy developments, investments, research and donor approaches as well as building on good practices in nutrition-sensitive programming as well as where donor harmonisation and alignment has contributed to scaling up nutrition


will also continue to strengthen coordination around global events and processes