Despite great progress over the past decades, almost 200 million children under five years old still suffer from stunting, wasting, or both, and over 340 million from vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Moreover, 785 million people lack even basic drinking-water services, while 2 billion people still do not have basic sanitation facilities such as toilets or latrines. Women are disproportionately affected and burdened by the undernutrition of their children. COVID-19 and climate change further aggravate this situation. In July 2021, a multi-agency report of the United Nations estimated that around a tenth of the global population - up to 811 million people - were undernourished in 2020/2021. Much of it is likely related to the fallout of COVID-19.
We see a world full of great intentions, expertise, and wealth, which does not live up to its promises and potential. At the same time, we also see strong women, men, and children in affected communities ready to voice their needs, and ready to contribute their own part of the solution. Right2Grow will bridge the gap between these powerful women, men, and children and the leaders, experts, and technocrats who seek to support them. A stronger emphasis lies on the most vulnerable, marginalised, and difficult to reach. Women, for example, play a pivotal role in the nutritional health and access to clean water for their households. Therefore, they need to be full partners at the table.
We see a world full of strong women, men, and children in affected communities ready to voice their needs
The voices of local communities should be heard and represented by legitimate local civil society organisations. These local realities need to be connected to the national and international dialogues where policies are made and resources allocated. Multi-sectoral interventions are essential to address each of the underlying causes of undernutrition, for example by improved coordination between public authorities at national and local levels. Visibility about where public investments are being made and monitoring government commitments is a crucial first step in engaging across sectors.
Shift the Power
Right2Grow is not only empowering communities and their organisations to get marginalised voices heard for better nutrition- the partnership also wants to create more equality in how we jointly develop and implement programmes. In the past, top-down approaches in development have put power in the hands of donors and international organisations. Right2Grow works to shift this power and focuses on active participation of all the partners in decisions about the programme.Meet our team