AVPN Constellations profile: Better Investment for Stunting Alleviation

 

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AVPN Constellations highlights the ways in which AVPN members are ‘addressing the complex problems of our times with stellar interconnected solutions, leveraging the power of networks for greater impact’. In addition to our coverage of the AVPN Virtual Conference 2020Alliance magazine is taking a look at each of the five winners in turn. Today:

Better Investment for Stunting Alleviation (BISA)

AVPN Members: The Power of Nutrition, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia, Save the Children, Nutrition International
Estimated total financial contribution: $10 million USD
Country of activity:
Indonesia
Corresponding SDG(s):
2 – zero hunger; 6 – clean water and sanitation

This programme brings together public, private and non-governmental sectors. The Power of Nutrition convened a partnership between donors Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and implementing partners Save the Children and Nutrition International to tackle stunting. A chronic condition, stunting not only affects children’s health and makes them more susceptible to disease and infection, but also impairs their mental and physical development.

BISA aims to tackle this through improving the nutritional status of adolescent girls, women of reproductive age and children under the age of two across two Indonesian provinces.

Each partner is pooling financial resources through this collaboration under one program, and bringing together the varied experiences of each stakeholder.

BISA is a five-year, $10m nutrition programme. APC provided the seed funding commitment of $2.5 million, channelled into The Power of Nutrition and specifically earmarked for a nutrition programme in Indonesia which would reduce stunting. The latter approached DFAT to provide the match funding, and then conducted a bid process, choosing Save the Children and Nutrition International, who each brought $2.5m.

The Indonesian government has developed a national prevention strategy for stunting (2018-2024), and in collaboration with the World Bank has launched a $420m Investing in Early Years Programme. BISA focuses on harnessing the existing will and resources available and draw on its implementing partners to provide community-level expertise and technical assistance to maximise the effectiveness of existing government services.

The BISA Inception Phase began in August 2019, and a full external launch is planned for June 2020.

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