Development Initiatives named new host of the Global Nutrition Report

The Global Nutrition Report Stakeholder Group is delighted to announce that Development Initiatives (DI) has been selected as the host of the Global Nutrition Report (GNR).

Corinna Hawkes, co-chair of the GNR said, “DI’s expertise in development data and its commitment to transparency and accountability will be a real asset to the GNR as we seek to increase its value as a tool for those committed to tackling malnutrition. DI’s work on the 2017 report highlighted their dedication to making it a success and we are looking forward to seeing its reach continue to grow in 2018 and beyond.”

Harpinder Collacott, Executive Director at Development Initiatives said “We know that the Sustainable Development Goals will not succeed without ending malnutrition – making it a key priority in global development. The GNR is therefore a vital resource providing independent high-quality evidence and practical recommendations on combating malnutrition globally. DI has played a supportive role with the GNR since its inception, and we are delighted to host the report for the next three years and build on the success it has had since first publication in 2014.”

Notes to editors


Anna Hope, Head of Communications at Development Initiatives
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About the Global Nutrition Report

The Global Nutrition Report is an independently produced annual stock-take of the state of the world’s nutrition. The report tracks global nutrition targets on maternal, infant and young child nutrition and on diet-related non-communicable diseases adopted by member states of the World Health Organization as well as governments’ delivery against their commitments. It aims to make it easier for governments and other stakeholders to make – and deliver on – high-impact commitments to end malnutrition in all its forms.

Previous reports can be viewed at

About Development Initiatives

Development Initiatives (DI) is an independent international development organisation that focuses on the role of data in driving poverty eradication and sustainable development. Our mission is to ensure that decisions about the allocation of finance and resources result in an end to poverty, increase the resilience of the world’s most vulnerable people, and ensure no one is left behind. We work to make sure these decisions are underpinned by good quality, transparent data and evidence on poverty and resources, and lead to increased accountability and sustainable long-term outcomes.

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The infographic uses data from the Global Nutrition Report 2015 to present a snapshot of the scale of malnutrition across the globe. It tracks country progress towards two nutrition-related World Health Assembly targets for 2025, stunting in children under-5, and obesity among adults aged 18+.

Stunting is defined as the percentage of children 0–59 months who are below minus two (moderate and severe) standard deviations from median height-for-age of the WHO Child Growth Standards

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund, World Health Organization, The World Bank. UNICEF-WHO-The World Bank: 2014 Joint child malnutrition estimates: Levels and trends. UNICEF, New York; WHO, Geneva; The World Bank, Washington, DC; 2015.  (July 2015 update, except for India, which is September 2015 update)

Adult obesity is defined as the percentage of defined population (adults 18+) with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or higher.

Source: World Health Organization Global Health Observatory Data Repository 2015. Available from: (Accessed April 20, 2015)

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Children at a project we support in Bangladesh (photo: Darren Fletcher/Save the Children)

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