The report expands on previous reports that looked at investments between 2010 and 2015, and uses the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement’s agreed methodology.
- DFID disbursed US$805 million of nutrition-related official development assistance (ODA or aid) to developing countries in 2016: US$693 million on nutrition-sensitive interventions, and US$111 million on nutrition-specific interventions.
- Total nutrition-related spending decreased from 2015 volumes by US$210 million; nutrition-sensitive spending fell by US$139 million, though nutrition-specific spending rose by US$29 million.
- The number of DFID-supported nutrition projects has remained steady at 140: 104 nutrition-sensitive projects, 16 nutrition-specific projects and 20 projects that have both nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive components.
- Half of DFID’s nutrition-sensitive spending relates to humanitarian interventions. The remaining spending is broadly split between the ‘health’ sector (17%), ‘agriculture and food security’ (15%) and the ‘social services’ sector (9%).
- DFID’s nutrition spending reached a record 35 countries, up from 32 countries in 2015 and greater than in any previous year. Though spending, particularly nutrition-specific spending, continues to concentrate in sub-Sharan Africa.
This analysis was carried out as part of Development Initiatives’ work under the MQSUN+ consortium. MQSUN+ is supported by UKaid through the Department of International Development.
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