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Innovative Financing for Nutrition

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Investments in nutrition are not comparable to the scale of the nutrition problem – on average, countries spend just 1% of their health budgets on high-impact nutrition-specific programs. At present, $3.9 billion per year is spent on nutrition. To reach the global targets for stunting, wasting, anemia in women and exclusive breastfeeding, it is estimated that an additional $7 billion per year is needed over the next ten years. While the majority would come from the traditional sources represented by governments and donor organizations, the remaining gap of a little more than $4 billion over 10 years would need to be filled by innovative financing sources and household contributions.1 Additional sources of funding from areas linked to nutrition such as education, agriculture and food security, water and sanitation, gender and health promotion must also be mobilized towards achieving specific nutrition outcomes. Since 2006, innovative financing has mobilized over $8 billion in health and $1 billion in agriculture and food security. An additional $18 billion and $2.5 billion, respectively, are expected by the year 2020.2 As seen in other sectors, innovative financing is the manifestation of an increased focus on programs that deliver results and, with this, public private partnerships.2 This article provides perspectives of experts in innovative financing, highlights of relevant models from other sectors, and new initiatives in the nutrition sector. Joe Dougherty from Dalberg Global Development Advisors explains that: “Innovative financing is simply anything other than a traditional grant. It is of two types. One type seeks no financial returns such as performance-based contracts and the other type seeks financial returns such as debt, equity or a hybrid of the two.”

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Year 2016
Authors Kalpana Beesabathuni
Language English
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/SMOU2651
DOI Number 10.52439/SMOU2651
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