From Investment to Impact: Meeting DFID’s 50 Million Commitment on Nutrition
The UK government has long been recognised as a leader in reducing malnutrition in the world’s poorest countries. In 2015, the Conservative government committed to ‘improve nutrition for at least 50 million people who would otherwise go hungry’ by 2020. This was a significant advancement of the UK’s ambition to tackle malnutrition from its 2011-2015 commitment to ‘reach 20 million beneficiaries with nutrition interventions’. Despite a leadership change in the Conservative government in 2016, and a general election in June 2017, DFID are still committed to deliver on its 50 million commitment.
This paper analyses DFID’s nutrition-relevant programmes since April 2015, against DFID’s own newly nuanced methodology of high, medium, and low intensity reach, to assess the potential for these programmes to deliver the highest possible nutrition impact, thus meeting the 2015 commitment.