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Wasting and Stunting Technical Interest Group Membership and Governance

Author: Wasting-Stunting (WaSt) Technical Interest Group (TIG)
Year: 2020
Resource type: Official

Updated July 2020

Background

In 2014, ENN published a review of the financing architecture underpinning the scale up of CMAM programming and within this, called into question the marked separation between how wasting and stunted are understood and approached globally (Dolan, C and Khara, T et al2 ) across policy, programmes, research and financing.

To explore whether the separation was justified by physiological and programmatic evidence, ENN established a small Wasting-Stunting (WaSt) Technical Interest Group (TIG) in 2014 which comprises experts in the field of child growth, health and nutrition, epidemiology, research and from the policy and programme arenas. The WaSt TIG has grown since this time to a membership of 40+ experts who are the creative and driving force behind the WaSt work. The WaSt TIG have been coordinated by the same two ENN technical staff throughout its 6-year history3 whose main role has been to harness the skills and enthusiasm of the TIG and facilitate a large number of influential project workstreams. The backbone of the expert group is the maintenance of a creative, transparent forum to scrutinise and explore the relationship between wasting and stunting, allowing it to serve the nutrition and wider humanitarian and development sectors as a hub for evidence and expert opinion which is free from organisational agendas.

The WaSt TIG is entering its fourth phase of work which will run between June 2020 and July 2022. As with previous phases, the priorities and workstreams have been defined through engagement at the bi-annual WaSt TIG meeting (held in May 2020) and builds on previous phases of work. A two-year workplan provides the framework under which the WaSt TIG is supported by ENN to make progress on agreed areas of focus. This document sets out the guiding principles for members of the WaSt TIG and has been updated for Phase Four and to take account of a narrative based evaluation of WaSt undertaken in early 2020 (Shakar Berbari 2020).

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1 To be reviewed annually to reflect any changes to membership and governance

2 https://www.ennonline.net/cmamgovernmentlessons

3 Carmel Dolan and Tanya Khara 

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