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Catalytic Finance for Nutrition

Dec 12, 2013



This report emerged from a May 2013 two-day Financial Innovations Lab(R) in London that identified opportunities for philanthropists, governments and investors wanting to make a meaningful difference in the lives of undernourished children -- while also finding ways to realize the sorts of returns that allow them to sustain their involvement.

Lab participants -- chosen because of their expertise in this particular aspect of investing in health -- looked at high impact areas of the nutrition value chain with an eye toward how the creation of a new fund can help attract, allocate and oversee new resources to battle undernutrition.

Undernutrition is now the largest single contributor to child mortality around the world. Increasingly, across both developing and developed countries, experts agree that addressing undernutrition is not only an investment in health, it is an investment in long-term economic growth. Responsible for billions of dollars in health-care expenditures and lost productivity, the combined effects of undernutrition can cost affected countries up to 11 percent of GDP, encumbering growth as well as health. Yet this health threat remains one of the least funded and most under-prioritized issues in the global aid landscape. Efforts to alleviate hunger suffer an estimated $10.3 billion annual funding gap for preventative and treatment measures.

"Catalytic Finance for Nutrition" focuses on the ways investors can make a measurable impact for undernourished children, secure financial leverage on funds and create a path to sustainability for countries.