The Covid-19 crisis put our capacity to the test, while at the same time it has also provided an opportunity to trailblaze innovative approaches for effective collaboration with other sectors/clusters and active engagement of partners at the global and regional level. The need to strengthen the GNC commitments to key agendas like the Humanitarian Development Nexus, accountability to affected populations and localization had already been well recognized in the previous GNC strategy (2017-2021) and is further developed in the current strategy (2022-2025).
In recent years, the GNC has more than doubled the number of countries benefiting from direct support and has drastically increased the availability and open access to its guidance, tools and technical expertise. The GNC collective’s commitment and determination during the ongoing COVID-19 response has been widely recognized as a positive model by humanitarian and development partners, in Nutrition and other sectors.
The GNC strategy for 2022- 2025, underscores the continued commitment by all GNC partners and by UNICEF as Cluster Lead Agency, to ensure quality, rights-based and context-specific nutrition programming and coordination, informed by evidence and innovation.
Based on the review, analysis and feedback from our partners, the changes in the humanitarian environment due to COVID-19, and lessons learned from previous strategies, the core of the revised strategy is focused on the three following objectives:
- People – To support countries, UNICEF as a Cluster Lead Agency, and nutrition partners at subnational, national, regional, and global levels to ensure they are adequately staffed and skilled in order to prepare for, respond to, and recover from, situations of fragility.
- Operational & Technical Support – To provide adequate NiE coordination, IM, and programme operational and technical support to ensure that decisions at all levels are guided by timely sound technical advice, while documenting experiences and generating new evidence.
- Enabling Environment – To be a driver of change for: 1) improved collaboration, partnerships, and innovation on nutrition to prepare for, respond to, and recover from, shocks to the nutrition situation at the global, regional, national, and subnational level; and 2) creating a supportive financial and policy environment, both internally and externally, for strengthened technical and coordination capacity for nutrition in situations of fragility.
The Strategy, including the 2022-2025 Advocacy Strategy, have guided the development of a yearly rolling work plan and prioritisation of activities to be implemented.
You can download and read the strategy in its entirety here.