A new tool to raise awareness and reinforce commitments by African governments to help end malnutrition was launched by the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank and global partners in February 2019: The Continental Nutrition Accountability Scorecard. It is produced by the African Leaders for Nutrition Initiative (ALN), headquartered at the African Development Bank, in collaboration with ALN’s partners including the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Continental Nutrition Accountability Scorecard was developed to measure progress made by African Union member states to achieve nutrition security, by providing a snapshot of Africa’s progress in meeting global and continental nutrition targets as stipulated in Agenda 2063, the sustainable development goals and the 2014 Malabo Declaration.
Africa remains the only continent with high levels of malnutrition, and suffers slow progress to reverse the situation in comparison to the rest of the world. United Nations data indicate the number of stunted children in Africa increased sharply from 50.6 million in the year 2000 to 58.7 million in 2017.
A growing body of evidence recognises that malnutrition and economic development are closely interlinked. Poor nutrition is responsible for stunting children’s growth, harming children’s educational development and future economic prospects.
The nutrition assessment tool provides a snapshot of the status of key nutrition indicators, including internationally agreed nutrition targets, specific interventions, sensitive interventions, policy and legal provisions, nutrition financing, and socio-economic impacts. ALN targets the highest levels of African governments to build advocacy for improving nutrition across the continent.
Download the Continental Nutrition Accountability Scorecard: https://www.afdb.org/fileadmin/uploads/afdb/Documents/Generic-Documents/Continental_Nutrition_Accountability_Scorecard-EN.pdf
Download the Continental Nutrition Accountability Scorecard Report – A Call for Better Advocacy and Accountability for Nutrition investments in Africa: https://www.afdb.org/fileadmin/uploads/afdb/Documents/Generic-Documents/Continental_Nutrition_Accountability_Scorecard_Report-EN.pdf