Through a decade of implementing nutrition programming in partnership with the Sall Family Foundation, including the five-year Nutrition at the Center program, CARE gained significant experience in improving nutritional outcomes for mothers and children. We understand that to eradicate stunting, we must move from direct implementation of traditional projects to convening and coordinating partners for joint implementation of CARE’s proven program model. We also must couple this approach with national-level advocacy to prevent stunting. We are identifying partner institutions on the ground, including government counterparts, and bringing them together to address collectively the causes of stunting. This new approach, Collective Impact for Nutrition, allows us to sustainably expand impact far beyond what has been possible through direct implementation. In Benin and Bangladesh, collective action to eradicate stunting has the potential to reach 5.4 million.
In Benin, best practices from Nutrition at the Center led to a government invitation to support the development of its national nutrition program. This program replicates the CARE model in 40 communes and is expected to reach over 2.5 million women of reproductive age and children under the age of 2.