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Campaigning and influencing
As well as providing children and their families around the world with support and care, we work to encourage governments to champion the fight against hunger and malnutrition.
Why do we campaign?
The global community has the knowledge and resources to ensure that no child dies from preventable and treatable malnutrition, but the lack of political will means that every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world, a child needlessly dies from acute malnutrition. Campaigning and influencing is one of the most cost effective ways to build political will and achieve impact on hunger and malnutrition.
Alongside providing life-saving support to families, we aim to influence the policies and practices of governments to:
- Ensure that high-impact programmes and interventions can continue to reach the poorest and most vulnerable people;
- Address the root causes of hunger and malnutrition.
- Through our campaigning we aim to deliver sustainable change that will benefit millions of families.
Who do we want to influence?
At the international level we work with our partners to influence global processes and key players in nutrition.
In the UK we focus particularly on the UK Government, which provides the largest amount of humanitarian assistance after the United States, as well as being one of the biggest donors to overseas development assistance (ODA), spending 0.7% of their Gross National Income (GNI) on overseas aid.
We also work in partnership with other stakeholders to help encourage more support for tackling acute malnutrition internationally, including UK based companies, academics and aid agencies.
How will we make change happen?
Our Generation Nutrition campaign launched in 2014 calls on governments to adopt a specific target to combat acute malnutrition as part of the international agreement. This target will make sure governments make the needed progress, by focussing their efforts on achieving the target in time and making them accountable. Sign our Generation Nutrition petition to your government now, help stop this outrage. If enough of us bring this message to politicians, we can make sure that this target becomes a reality. We will be handing in the petition to a senior figure at the United Nations during the negotiations on the new global development goals.