Menu ENN Search

About us

Who we are

Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN) is a UK registered charity. It was set up to improve practice and strengthen the institutional memory of agencies involved in the emergency food and nutrition sectors. Founded in Dublin in 1996 by Jeremy Shoham and Fiona O’Reilly, it moved to Oxford in 2004.

Find out more about how ENN started

Our governance

The charity is governed by a board of trustees and steered by four technical directors. We are guided by our strategy (2013-2015). Our accounts are audited annually and submitted to the UK Charities Commission.

Our purpose

ENN enables nutrition networking and learning to build the evidence base for nutrition programming. Our focus is communities in crisis, typically humanitarian emergencies, and where undernutrition is a significant chronic problem.

We consider both nutrition-specific programming, such as management of acute malnutrition, and nutrition sensitive programming, that involve sectors such as social protection, agriculture, health, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

Areas of work

We are steered by what practitioners need to work effectively. A consultation with ENN stakeholders informed our revised strategy (2016-2020)

ENN is a member of Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) of Global Nutrition Cluster and Cash Learning Partnerhsip (CaLP).

For more information, download ENN flyer created for the SUN Project here.





Our capacity

ENN has a small administrative office in Oxford, UK where four part-time finance and operations support staff are based. Five technical (nutrition) staff are home-based in the UK. A strong global network of ENN Associates (experienced independent consultants and researchers) and partnerships with academic institutions extends ENN’s capacity on a project by project basis. Find out more about ENN team and associates. 

How we develop work programmes

We develop projects based on  gap areas we witness through our work and network, that are in keeping with our mission and help realise our strategic objectives. We often work with international agencies, academic institutions and independent experts and welcome approaches from others to collaborate.

We do not undertake programme evaluations or ad hoc consultancies.

Our reach

We have a broad base of people who access and contribute to our work worldwide.  They work in at a variety of levels (from programming to research to policy-makers) in many different specialities, particularly nutrition, food security, health. Find out more about our audience.

Our impact

In 2015 Mokoro Ltd conducted an independent evalulation of ENN - the full report is now available as well as an executive summary for shorter reading. We have also conducted evaluations of Field Exchange in 20092012 and 2015, Nutrition Exchange in 2012 and 2015 and en-net in 2012 and 2015. In 2009 we also conducted a snapshot of Field Exchange citations used in published literature.

“ENN provides an independent and neutral space for technical debates and meetings; makes things happen that otherwise would not” academic researcher

“The ENN has the vision and know how to bring many questions that others maybe struggling with to the forefront for open discussions and learning. The community needs such an agent of change”. Technical lead, international NGO

“.... consistently impressed with Field Exchange, it is very practical for practitioners, high quality and makes ENNs research relevant to humanitarian workers and their work” Government donor.


More like this

Blog post: Welcome to the Media Hub

Firstly, a very warm welcome to ENN's blog! We are very excited to launch this today as part of our new Media Hub. For those of you who know ENNs work well, this new platform...

SUN Knowledge Management

Donor: UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Irish Aid Collaborators: SUN country networks, Secretariat, & Technical Assistance Providers ENN Project...

Meet the team

Find out more here about our Board of Trustees, Technical Team, Operations Team and our Associates. Board of trustees In July 2006, four non-executive Directors (trustees)...

FEX: Valid International

In late June this year, ENN interviewed Kate Sadler, Director of Programmes at Valid International (VI), and followed up by speaking to Steve Collins, one of the founders of VI...

FEX: Summary of Field Exchange user survey findings

The ENN extends thanks to Alex Bycroft Masters student, at Oxford Brookes University, UK who undertook a Field Exchange citations review, included in this summary, on a...

ENN Latest

ENN has released a new discussion paper on 'Stunting in Protracted Emergencies'. Funded by Irish Aid, this paper outlines the difficulties of gaining a clear...

Management of Acute Malnutrition in Infants under six months (MAMI)

Donors: OFDA, Irish Aid Collaborators: LSHTM, University of Washington, KEMRI, WHO, UNHCR, UNICEF, Save the Children, ACF, Goal and independent experts. ENN project lead:...

FEX: ENN’s new strategy 2016-2020

ENN has just finalised a new five year strategy, governing the period 2016-2020. Its development was informed by a recent comprehensive evaluation of ENN conducted by a group...

FEX: Editorial

By Lola Gostelow and Helen Young In 1997 we were honoured to write the first Field Exchange (FEX) editorial. Now, fifty editions and nearly 20 years later, we have been given...

FEX: From the Editor

Approximately two year after the outbreak of civil war in Syria in April 2011, the ENN decided to compile a special issue of Field Exchange on the humanitarian response to the...

FEX: Introduction to the special issue

The most recent Lancet series on maternal and child undernutrition (Bhutta et al, 2013) calculated that even with 90% coverage of specific nutrition interventions (addressing...

How ENN started

Following the evaluation of the Great Lakes emergency, the agencies present at a UNHCR meeting in Addis Ababa in 1995, identified the urgent need to establish a vehicle for...

FEX: Evidence in humanitarian emergencies: What does it look like?

By Jeremy Shoham and Marie McGrath, Field Exchange co-editors ENN was invited by Evidence Aid to share our perspective regarding evidence in emergencies in their online blog....

en-net: Senior Operations Manager at ENN

[b]ENN are recruiting a Senior Operations Manager to join the organisation's Senior Management team.[/b] [b]Job Purpose:[/b] Ensure the smooth running of ENN operations to...

FEX 51 call for content

The ENN is planning a special edition of Field Exchange in December 2015 devoted to nutrition sensitive programming and related policy and research. We are now calling for...

FEX: How to ensure quality research uptake

By Stephanie Stern Stephanie Stern leads the Action Against Hunger LAB project which aims to reinforce the impact and uptake of knowledge. Before joining Action Against...

FEX: Editorial

Dear readers As this half centenary issue of Field Exchange contains a number of guest editorials by individuals who were involved in Field Exchange from the start, we are...

FEX: Summary of Nutrition Exchange user survey findings

In April - May 2015, an evaluation of the ENN's publication, Nutrition Exchange, was conducted through an online survey. Nutrition Exchange is an annual publication produced in...

How to fund the ENN

Why fund the ENN? The ENN occupies a unique space in the humanitarian sector to support and fast track learning and improve practice amongst those working with the most...

FEX: Welcome to the ENN’s new Media Hub

In January 2017, ENN launched a new Media Hub - a place where you can read blog posts from the ENN SUN team and other ENN colleagues, or follow our podcast and video...


Reference this page

Chloe Angood (2014). About us.