Project Laser Beam: Holistic Approach to Tackling Child Undernutrition

Child undernutrition is a global issue that accounts for nearly three million deaths in children annually.

 

Project Laser Beam (PLB) is a five year, multi-million dollar public-private partnership that aims to create a scalable, replicable and sustainable model to significantly reduce child under-nutrition. PLB brings together the expertise of UN and other public agencies with that of Fortune 500 companies coming to work together with governments, NGOs and local companies to collectively find new solutions to persisting problems in the area of child under nutrition. PLB was unveiled in September 2009 by PLB founding partners UN World Food Program, Unilever, Mondelez International Foundation (formerly Kraft Foods Foundation), DSM and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York.

 

Over the five years of implementation, Project Laser Beam not only attained multiple successes but uncovered critical learnings that can help accelerate progress in tackling undernutrition using a multi-sectorial approach. Project Laser Beam implemented 18 interventions, with 2.48 million people participating in the different programmes in Bangladesh and 424,000 in Indonesia. As the majority of the Project Laser Beam beneficiaries were involved in more than one intervention, the aggregate number of individual beneficiaries is lower. Of the total beneficiaries reached by Project Laser Beam, an estimated 1.74 million new beneficiaries (i.e. new to nutrition support) were reached by the partnership interventions. Major achievements and learnings include:

 

  1. Tackling child undernutrition holistically
  2. Creating transformational partnerships
  3. Targeting whole communities
  4. Creating an enabling environment for both traditional development and market-based solutions
  5. Selecting the “right” geographies
  6. Scaling up rather than re-inventing the wheel.
  7. Operating efficiently by implementing a decentralised consensus-driven operating model managed by a neutral external third party

The final learning of Project Laser Beam is that there is significant value in collaborating with larger global child nutrition platforms or agendas, such as that of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, to not only increase advocacy for governments to embed nutrition in their national agenda but also to share experiences and lessons learnt to inform future similar efforts. Such collaboration will also support the scaling up of Project Laser Beam nutrition interventions even after the project concludes.

 

For a link to the full final report, click here.

 

 

Project Laser Beam: Holistic Approach to Tackling Child Undernutrition

Child undernutrition is a global issue that accounts for nearly three million deaths in children annually.

 

Project Laser Beam (PLB) is a five year, multi-million dollar public-private partnership that aims to create a scalable, replicable and sustainable model to significantly reduce child under-nutrition. PLB brings together the expertise of UN and other public agencies with that of Fortune 500 companies coming to work together with governments, NGOs and local companies to collectively find new solutions to persisting problems in the area of child under nutrition. PLB was unveiled in September 2009 by PLB founding partners UN World Food Program, Unilever, Mondelez International Foundation (formerly Kraft Foods Foundation), DSM and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York.

 

Over the five years of implementation, Project Laser Beam not only attained multiple successes but uncovered critical learnings that can help accelerate progress in tackling undernutrition using a multi-sectorial approach. Project Laser Beam implemented 18 interventions, with 2.48 million people participating in the different programmes in Bangladesh and 424,000 in Indonesia. As the majority of the Project Laser Beam beneficiaries were involved in more than one intervention, the aggregate number of individual beneficiaries is lower. Of the total beneficiaries reached by Project Laser Beam, an estimated 1.74 million new beneficiaries (i.e. new to nutrition support) were reached by the partnership interventions. Major achievements and learnings include:

 

  1. Tackling child undernutrition holistically
  2. Creating transformational partnerships
  3. Targeting whole communities
  4. Creating an enabling environment for both traditional development and market-based solutions
  5. Selecting the “right” geographies
  6. Scaling up rather than re-inventing the wheel.
  7. Operating efficiently by implementing a decentralised consensus-driven operating model managed by a neutral external third party

The final learning of Project Laser Beam is that there is significant value in collaborating with larger global child nutrition platforms or agendas, such as that of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, to not only increase advocacy for governments to embed nutrition in their national agenda but also to share experiences and lessons learnt to inform future similar efforts. Such collaboration will also support the scaling up of Project Laser Beam nutrition interventions even after the project concludes.

 

For a link to the full final report, click here.

 

 

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