The report expands on previous reports  that looked at investments between 2010 and 2017, and uses the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement’s agreed methodology.
- DFID has exceeded its nutrition-sensitive Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment ahead of its target and is on track to meet its nutrition-specific N4G commitment at the end of 2020.
- DFID disbursed US$895 million of nutrition-related official development assistance (ODA or aid) to developing countries in 2017; 8.2% more than in 2016.
- This includes US$188.3 million of nutrition-specific aid and US$706.3 million of nutrition-sensitive aid, both of which increased in 2017.
- Relative to DFID’s total spending, its spending on nutrition reached 11.0%, up from 10.6% in 2015 and 9.2% in 2016.
- DFID supported 147 nutrition-related projects, including 40 projects with both nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive components, reflecting a growing integration of nutrition and other objectives.
- Humanitarian projects continue to constitute much of DFID’s nutrition-related spending, affecting how its nutrition spending is spread across different activities and countries.
- DFID’s spending reached fewer specific countries in 2017: 30 countries, down from 35.
- Spending to 17 countries increased, spending to 13 decreased, and to 5 others spending halted.
- Yemen was the largest single recipient of nutrition aid in 2017, receiving US$77.9 million, followed by South Sudan (US$71.0 million) and Somalia (US$70.2 million); each received principally humanitarian support.
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.
MQSUN+ is supported by UKaid through the Department of International Development; however, the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK Government’s official policies. MQSUN+ cannot be held responsible for errors or any consequences arising from the use of information contained in this report.
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