Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

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General Information

Crop: No crop specified

Geographic scope: Global

Active Countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia.

Initiated in 2002

Launched at the United Nations, the Global Alliance for Improve Nutrition is a global organisation that envisions a world without malnutrition.

Members:  Government members (Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada (DFATD), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Netherlands), Donors (International foundations such as the Bill & Melinda gates Foundation and national/global development agencies), Civil Society (United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Others (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)




Through innovative partnerships, the UN launched a platform aimed to act as a catalyst between governments, business and civil society to deliver solutions to malnutrition.


Intentions and aspiration

To provide 1.3 million people with essential micronutrients by 2017.

The platform, which focuses on women, children and girls, envisions a world without malnutrition in order to break the cycle of malnutrition and poverty. GAIN works according to their values of; (1) Teamwork (using the different skills of employees, as well as public and private partners), (2) Innovation (testing innovative business models to ensure sustainability for vulnerable groups, (3) Passion, and (4) Professionalism. Moreover, GAIN’s approach encompasses; a tailored approach to innovation, scale and ambition, and heavy focus on impact.


Arrangements and capacitities

The policy and decision-making body of the platform is the Board, which is supported by the GAIN’s Partnership Council. The board obtains three standing committees:

  1. The Finance and Audit Committee;
  2. The Board Programme Committee;
  3. GAIN Nominations Committee.

The GAIN’s senior management team consists of the Operations Committee (which are responsible for the day-to-day management of the organisation) and the Executive Management Committee (acts as a platform to discuss plans alongside GAIN’s objectives, seek agreements and take ownership of the implementation).



Activities and outputs

GAIN supports its country level member introduce and promote fortification approaches to different products (salt, cereals, …) to help reduce undernutrition.


Monitoring and evaluation

The Monitor Learning and Research Unit intends to reinforce the impact of the programmes via better design/implementation, generation, translation, and use of evidence for decision-making. The unit also highlights evidence gaps related to GAIN programming areas, with the goal of supporting the strategy, advocacy and contributes to the global evidence base. Extra modules are included such as FACT (Fortification Assessment Coverage Tool) to learn about the target population of the programmes, their willingness and factors that might favour utilisation.


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