The World Health Assembly set global nutrition targets to reduce stunting, wasting, and anemia, and to increase exclusive breastfeeding by 2025.
The World Bank estimates that $69.9 billion on top of current funding is needed in the next 10 years to meet these targets. Closing this resource gap will require donors, countries, and other sources, including households and innovative financing mechanisms, to work together to mobilize the required funding.
Today, $3.9 billion is spent on high impact nutrition interventions by country governments and donors. Of this funding, less than $1 billion comes from Official Development Assistance (ODA).

ODA Breakdown for United States, 2014

  • Health ($M)
  • Basic Nutrition ($M)
  • Basic Education ($M)
  • Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene ($M)
  • Agriculture ($M)
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  • Country Donors
  • Multilaterals & Private Organizations
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • UK
  • USA
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • European Union
  • WFP
  • WHO

Today, $991 million of development assistance per year is spent on high impact interventions that prevent stunting and anemia, treat wasting, and increase exclusive breastfeeding rates. If this level of donor spending remains constant, this is only a tiny fraction of what is needed to reach the WHA targets by 2025.

What can be done to mobilize resources for nutrition and achieve the global targets?

Under one scenario for Global Solidarity in which governments and donors shoulder the financial burden through a balanced and coordinated effort, donors would cover an additional $25.6 billion or 37% of the funds required on top of current spending over the next decade. In total, donors would contribute $35.5 billion over 2016-2025.

This acceleration of funding to meet the target will require donors to boost nutrition investments from an average of 0.9% in 2015 to 2.8% of total ODA by 2021 and taper to 1.8% by 2025 as low- and lower-middle income country governments contribute more.

Achieving the Global Solidarity scenario will be hard, but well worth it. Closing the additional $69.9 billion resource gap will result in 3.7 million child lives saved, at least 65 million fewer stunted children, and 265 million fewer women suffering from anemia as compared to the 2015 baseline. 1


Where do donors currently stand in terms of nutrition investments?

By clicking a country flag or logo below, you can see a compiled overview of each donor’s trends in nutrition ODA as well as other development sectors, and a breakdown of current nutrition financing.


Country Donors

Multilaterals & Private Organizations

This analysis conducted by Results for Development Institute (2015-16) is part of a larger effort to estimate the costs and financing required to achieve the WHA targets, in partnership with the World Bank and 1000 Days. This work is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).

1 D’Alimonte, M., Rogers, H., and de Ferranti, D. Chapter 8: Financing the Global Nutrition Targets. An Investment Framework for Nutrition: Reaching the Global Targets forStunting, Anemia, Breastfeeding, and Wasting. Chapter 8. Washington, DC: The World Bank.