Working together to end malnutrition

The SUN Civil Society Network connects and supports over 4,000 members around the globe who are fighting to end malnutrition.

Who we are

The Civil Society Network is part of Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN), a world-wide Movement to end malnutrition.

Our network is made up of civil society organisations – diverse, non-profit groups including human rights defenders, community organisations, women’s groups, small farmers, research entities, child rights organisations and more.

The network has approximately 4000 member organisations who are part of the global network or one of our country alliances or CSAs (civil society alliances).

Why we do it

1 in 3 people worldwide are affected by malnutrition.

Good nutrition – a healthy, balanced and adequate diet – is a matter of life or death and the difference between surviving and thriving. Without correct nutrition, millions of people are affected by fatal illnesses, learning difficulties, stunted growth, challenges in pregnancy and more.

The world has made progress in addressing undernutrition. But the progress has not been fast enough – malnutrition is still commonplace in many countries around the world.

The people who are affected cannot change this situation alone. Civil society organisations need to come together and use their skills, experience and influence to improve the lives of millions of malnourished people.

144 million

children worldwide are affected by stunted growth

47 million

children are dangerously underweight

Only 51%

of children aged 6-23 months eat the recommended minimum number of daily meals

1 in 3 women

of reproductive age, due to malnutrition, have an iron deficiency that can cause disabilities in babies

What we do

The SUN Civil Society Network Secretariat supports network members in three key areas – campaigning, fundraising and governance.

Campaigning

Supporting SUN Civil Society Alliances as they work to influence governments and private sector organisations in the fight against malnutrition.

Fundraising

Advising SUN Civil Society Alliances on how to raise funds for their work.

Governance

Helping members to establish, manage and grow their SUN Civil Society Alliances into credible and ethical coalitions.

How we support our network

Learning & networking events

Our network is all about working together, so we hold training events, along with global conferences and regional events that help members to make new connections and to give the skills they need for specific goals and activities.

Advice

When members need assistance with specific challenges, they can request advice in areas like fundraising, communications and campaigning.

Resource library

We have a growing online library of resources that can help SUN Civil Society Alliances with their initiatives. The resources include newsletters, manuals, toolkits, communications templates and more.

Online meetings

Webinars and monthly conference calls help our members to stay updated and coordinate their efforts. Through close collaboration, we can expand our influence and build on our strengths.

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May 27, 2022

Three things we learnt from the first Civil Society Network assembly

This week saw over 60 members of the SUN Movement’s Civil Society Network (CSN) come together from countries all around the globe in the first ever network-wide assembly to discuss experiences and solutions surrounding the current global food crisis and to create tangible advocacy demands as a network. The discussion was full of ideas and […]

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May 20, 2022

The SUN CSN to host its first network-wide assembly on global crises

Summary  The Civil Society Network Secretariat (CSNS) plans to organise a series of meetings with CSN Members to come together and share experiences and perspectives on how the global commodity price increases are impacting nutrition in different contexts.  The event on May 25th will be offered as the first of an ongoing series of global […]

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May 10, 2022

SUN CSA Vietnam goes digital! How AI technology is helping to fight Code violators in Vietnam.

Our Civil Society Alliance in Vietnam, led by Alive & Thrive, and thanks to FHI Solutions’ Innovation Incubator, have teamed up with artificial intelligence (AI) company Hekate. Their aim? To try and end exploitative marketing of commercial milk formula and related products within the scope of the BMS code, on the digital frontline. Hekate, a […]

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