What We Do


The GNC works to safeguard and improve the nutritional status of emergency affected populations by ensuring an appropriate response that is predictable, timely, effective and at scale. The GNC Strategic Plan and costed Work Plan outline strategic priorities and concrete activities.

The GNC partners work together throughout the year on specific projects outlined in the Work Plan.

The GNC promotes and supports open communication among GNC partners and NCC at all times. GNC partners, NCC/IMO, RRT, SAG and the GNC-CT communicate primarily through regular phone calls, semi-annual meetings and a bi-weekly bulletin. All calls and meetings are documented and minutes and reports from these are available directly from the GNC-CT.

The GNC aims to conduct two face-to-face meetings a year: an Annual meeting and a working session. See tab above on ‘Events’ for more information and meeting minutes.

Strategic Priorities

The GNC’s Strategic Plan 2014-2016 sets out priorities and guides cluster activities. The Strategic Plan outlines priorities around four strategic areas:

1. Partnership, communication, advocacy, and resource mobilization

This involves fostering internal (among GNC partners) and external (GNC to other clusters, agencies, institutions, etc.) partnerships; communicating essential information to all relevant stakeholders at global and country level in a timely fashion; and advocating with key decision makers to ensure policies, coordination and funding mechanisms enable an efficient cluster response.

2. Capacity development in humanitarian coordination

This involves identifying specific capacity gaps hampering optimal cluster coordination, particularly at the country level; identifying and /or developing tools and resources to address those gaps; and training key staff (NCCs, Information Managers, standby partners and GNC partners) in the relevant knowledge and skills required.

3. Operational and Surge Support to Country Clusters

This includes support to country clusters to ensure effective coordination functions on the ground through visits and/or the provision of additional staff (i.e. Rapid Response Team (RRT) members or standby partners).

4. Information and Knowledge Management

This includes the management of appropriate nutritional and coordination information and the process of capturing, developing, sharing and using relevant knowledge and experiences. 

Our on-going work

Global Nutrition Cluster Work Plans are developed every two years. The GNC costed work plan for 2014-2015 provides details on the activities of the GNC around the four strategic areas.

Progress on the GNC Work Plan 2016

The Work Plan has been costed and was launched to donors in July 2014. To download the Global Nutrition Cluster 2014-2015 Work Plan click here.

Support during emergencies

The Global Nutrition Cluster responds to major emergencies when called upon to do so by a Humanitarian Coordinator and where the scale of the emergency is beyond the response capacity of national authorities.

The nature of support provided depends on the expressed needs of individual country clusters, global priorities and the availability of resources.

When the cluster approach is activated, the Global Nutrition Cluster provides ongoing technical support and capacity development, related to coordination, to country-level clusters and nutrition authorities. When existing nutrition sector or disaster management coordination mechanisms are already active, the Global Nutrition Cluster`s support focuses on ensuring sufficient capacity of these institutions and structures.

A Global Nutrition Cluster Annual Report to document progress and activities will be available at the beginning of 2015.

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2 Responses to “What We Do”

  1. Sam A Mugisha says:

    Want to be a partner with you. What are the requirements for partnership?

    • Ayadil Saparbekov says:

      Dear Sam,

      Thank you for your interest. Please see the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) on the right-hand side panel which describe how and what to do and what it takes to be a partner. Are you representing any agency?

      Thank you

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