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Who we are

The Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN) is a UK registered charity, set up in 1996, working with programmers, policy makers and researchers to strengthen know-how and evidence to overcome malnutrition. Our vision is that every individual caught up in a nutritional emergency, or suffering from malnutrition anywhere in the world, gets the most effective help possible. Find out more about how ENN started

"To me, ENN is one of the most long-standing focal points for emergency nutrition technical information and coordination." (ENN partner) 


ENN is based in the UK (from a small office in Oxford) but works globally and is made up of a team of technical experts in nutrition with decades of collective experience in the field. Find out more about our team here. We work alongside governments, the United Nations, non-governmental organisations or charities, and research institutions worldwide to look critically at existing practices, raise awareness of issues and drive change so that those working to tackle malnutrition can do the best possible job. 

We are trusted to highlight difficulties and gaps in the nutrition sector due to our extensive technical experience and expertise and because we operate neutrally of any one organisation.

“A relatively small but highly effective agency which ‘punches way above its weight’. ENN is widely viewed as a fair and impartial mediator allowing difficult issues to be constructively explored.” (Academic researcher)

Our governance

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

What we do 

At ENN, we concentrate our efforts on reducing malnutrition in countries that are unstable, either due to conflict or from natural disasters such as drought. We also focus on countries that are stable but have very high numbers of malnourished people. We do this by:

1. Capturing what works and what is needed to reduce malnutrition

We work with people implementing programmes to help them examine their experiences and document their achievements and challenges. We support them to write and publish lessons in our publications Field Exchange and Nutrition Exchange, which reach over 25,000 people globally per year. We also provide vital ‘real-time’ technical advice to those running nutrition programmes through our online platform en-net, linking them to an extensive network of international experts and peers for advice and guidance. 

“I think the unique selling point of the ENN for me is that it’s an independent/neutral technical platform where practitioners could raise and freely discuss any issue.”
(Nutrition Cluster Coordinator, Somalia)

“When I have not been able to find an answer, I have reached out to ENN technical experts and they direct me to great resources, link me to the right person or bounce off ideas with me and that has been very helpful for making decisions.” (NGO Nutrition Adviser, USA)

2. Coordinating technical bodies to increase the global understanding of malnutrition

Our technical areas of work focus on the most nutritionally vulnerable; infants and children, adolescent girls and mothers who are pregnant or are feeding their infants. We convene and coordinate a several international expert groups, involving the most experienced practitioners and academics working on cutting-edge research. The aim is to answer critical questions for better addressing malnutrition. Read more about our work in these areas

"Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE) used to feel like a neglected topic, which was one of reasons why it was really important that someone took it on: ENN really did, and now people understand what you’re talking about" (Partner of the IFE Core Group)

3. Supporting global efforts to reduce malnutrition

We are continually asked to bring our knowledge and technical expertise to strengthen the activities of organisations working to reduce malnutrition at the global level. We provide specific support to the Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) Movement to capture what is being achieved, document challenges and share this knowledge widely across the nutrition, food aid and health sectors through publications and interactive platforms (see more on our SUNKM project). We also work closely with the Global Nutrition Cluster to assist with lesson learning and help shape its strategic direction; as a technical expert in WHO guidance development (including infant feeding in specific contexts such as HIV, Ebola and Zika); as an elected member of the No Wasted Lives Council of Research & Technical Advice on Acute Malnutrition (CORTASAM); and as a contributor to the Global Nutrition Report

“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”. (NGO Technical Lead, UK)

For more information about what we do and our acheivements, download an ENN flyer.

Our impact

ENN has a wide global audience - find out more about our users here. The Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE) Core Group's stories of change charts ENN's involvement with the OG-IFE over nearly two decades. 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. A global user survey and citation review are currently being conducted and results will be posted when available. 

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

“.... 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)


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Chloe Angood (2014). About us.