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the ALN initiative is a partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the African Commission. It is a high-level advocacy platform that engages Heads of State and Ministers of Finance as nutrition champions to increase visibility, accountability and financing for nutrition on the continent.
The initiative sustains high-level political will and leadership to fight malnutrition and promote investments in nutrition across the continent.
The ALN also works to broaden evidence that encourages accountability and seeks to strengthen political engagement and partnerships through two advocacy tools:
- Nutrition Accountability Scorecard (NAS) - an advocacy tool highlighting individual country progress and a snapshot of continental progress on global nutrition targets. It was launched in February 11, 2019 by the King of Lesotho, His Majesty King Letsie III. on the sidelines of the 32nd African Union Heads of State and Government Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
- Economic Investment Case for Nutrition – A bi-annual review of economic studies of cost-effective nutrition interventions in Africa to identify gaps and needs to finance nutrition targets. To be launched at the Bank’s 2019 Annual Meetings.
Banking on Nutrition (BoN)
Banking on Nutrition is a program helping to generate long-term economic growth across Africa by unlocking the African Development Bank’s nutrition potential of its investments portfolio. It was launched in May 2016 by the Bank’s President, Akinwumi Adesina, in partnership with Big Win Philanthropy and the Aliko Dangote Foundation.
As one of its main knowledge products, the Bank launched in December 2018, its 2018-2025 Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Action Plan which aims to unlock Africa’s collective brainpower – its “grey matter infrastructure” – and the continent’s productive capacity through direct investments in nutrition programs. The Plan targets nutrition smart investments across sectors such as agriculture, water and sanitation and social protection. Such investments are projected to result in a 40 percent reduction in stunting by 2025.