Implementing REACH


The application of a multisectoral approach through sustainable government-led initiatives is not widely practiced, particularly in highly burdened contexts. To this aim, REACH in-country engagement aims to leave behind strengthened government structures for multisectoral and multi-stakeholder coordination and action.

In other words, REACH aims to achieve that the country not only has a national nutrition policy in place, but that it also has a nutrition action plan or strategy with a multisectoral approach to improving nutrition approved, funded and implemented. This plan should be accompanied by investments in interventions, programmes and human and institutional capacity at all levels from national to local.


REACH three-phase process to improve nutrition governance

  1. Phase I, the Preparatory Phase, focuses on an in-depth situation analysis that uses quantitative and qualitative data triangulated from multiple sources, to evaluate and assess the status of maternal and child undernutrition in the country

  2. In phase II, the process focuses on supporting national REACH partners to identify, utilise and apply relevant methodologies, guidelines and tools to identify national/local priorities, and choose suitable programmatic approaches and techniques to scale up relevant actions.

  3. Phase III, the transition phase, involves the progression of duties to the national REACH facilitators and designated Government representatives. This period allows the government to sustain improved nutrition governance practices as part of the national nutrition policy and operations.









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