Together for Nutrition: West African Data Forum – Saly, Senegal

11 February 2020 to 12 February 2020
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The Together for Nutrition: West African Data Forum was convened in Saly, Senegal in February 2020 by a group of regional and global partners. The group comprises Transform Nutrition West Africa, an initiative of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), UNICEF, DataDENT, Countdown to 2030, Alive & Thrive, USAID, WHO, WAHO, and NIPN.

The forum brought together 93 participants from key national and regional institutions across West Africa that generate and/or use nutrition-related data. During the forum relevant country and regional experiences from participating policymakers, government staff, implementing partners, research and statistical institutes, donors, and international agencies in operationalizing the data value chain for nutrition were shared.

Participants synthesized lessons learnt for each stage of the nutrition data value chain and prioritized key actions for the region. As a result, participants from 15 ECOWAS countries, developed a common Call To Action for strengthening nutrition data value chains directed to national and regional governments, donors, UN agencies, implementing partners, and researchers.

Together for nutrition: West African data forum framework
Figure 1 : the Nutrition Data Value Chain

Other event outputs

Visual note

Representing challenges, best practices, and calls to action along the data value chain as discussed throughout the forum.
T4N - visual-note
Credit: Jerome Agostini



Participant’s experiences of the Data Forum:

From Rahul Rawat, Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

From William Bosu the Programme Officer for Non-Epidemic Diseases and Neglected Tropical Diseases


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