The International Coalition for Advocacy on Nutrition (ICAN) is a global network of 30+ organizations, including advocates, implementers, campaigners, and foundations, united under the goal to save and improve lives through better nutrition. The coalition works with allies to encourage governments, multilateral organizations, and donors to step up to the challenge of combating malnutrition in all its forms by 2030.  

ICAN first came together shortly after the unprecedented 2013 Nutrition for Growth summit in London, at which USD $4 billion was committed to high-impact nutrition programs, with a goal to continue influencing and inspiring governments and donors to scale up funding for nutrition. ICAN has focused on mobilizing more and better resources and policies for nutrition while also holding N4G commitment makers, especially donor countries, accountable for their pledges. 

The work of the coalition is predominantly focused on advocacy to donors, bilateral governments, especially the G7 donors, but also has a strong focus on key global institutions including the World Bank and other development banks, and the United Nations (UN) and related UN agencies (WHO, FAO, WFP, UNICEF). Working with and alongside the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement and SUN Civil Society Alliances, the Coalition supports a worldwide movement keeping malnutrition, in all its forms, at the top of global, regional and national agendas. 

Goal: Strengthen civil society coordination and advocacy to realize the World Health Assembly (WHA) global nutrition targets by 2025, the 2025 NCD targets and the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2.2 by 2030.

Advocacy objectives 

  1. Advocate for new and better resources for nutrition by aligning financing with proven interventions and appropriate research 
  2. Mobilize political will to keep nutrition priorities high on global, regional and national agendas 
  3. Hold countries and other stakeholders to account to deliver on all commitments to nutrition 
  4. Develop and amplify coordinated messaging on global nutrition priorities to direct global discourse


Talking points and resources:


List of ICAN organization members (2021-current)

1,000 Days                                                                            N4D

Action Against Hunger/Action contre la Faim                     NCD Alliance

ACTION Global Health Advocacy Partnership                    Results Canada

CARE                                                                                    RESULTS UK

Child Health Advocacy Initiative Nigeria                             Save the Children

Concern Worldwide                                                             Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Network

Eleanor Crook Foundation                                                  Scaling Up Nutrition Movement Secretariat

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition                               SCI Foundation

Global Citizen                                                                      SDG2 Advocacy Hub

Graça Machel Trust                                                            Sight and Life

Helen Keller International                                                  WaterAid

Micronutrient Forum                                                         World Cancer Research Fund International

                                                                                           World Vision International


Terms of Reference

For more information about ICAN, please contact Meaza Getachew, mgetachew@fhi360.org