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SUN CSN

The SUN Civil Society Network connects and supports over 4,000 members around the globe who are fighting to end malnutrition. The SUN Civil Society Secretariat is hosted at Save the Children UK.

The Civil Society Network is part of Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN), a world-wide Movement to end malnutrition.

Our network is made up of civil society organisations – diverse, non-profit groups including human rights defenders, community organisations, women’s groups, small farmers, research entities, child rights organisations and more.

The network has approximately 4000 member organisations who are part of the global network or one of our country alliances or CSAs (civil society alliances).

Good nutrition – a healthy, balanced and adequate diet – is a matter of life or death and the difference between surviving and thriving. Without correct nutrition, millions of people are affected by fatal illnesses, learning difficulties, stunted growth, challenges in pregnancy and more.

The world has made progress in addressing undernutrition. But the progress has not been fast enough – malnutrition is still commonplace in many countries around the world.

The people who are affected cannot change this situation alone. Civil society organisations need to come together and use their skills, experience and influence to improve the lives of millions of malnourished people.

The SUN Civil Society Network Secretariat supports network members in three key areas – campaigning, fundraising and governance.

Visit the SUN CSN website to learn more

Our Goals

As part of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement (SUN), the SUN Civil Society Network (SUN CSN) is working to raise the voices of those who are affected by malnutrition. Our primary purpose is to end malnutrition globally by 2030.

The network contributes to this cause through five strategic objectives:

  1.  CIVIL SOCIETY SPACE: Promote meaningful civil society representation and engagement, especially from the most marginalised, across the SUN Movement and beyond. 
  2.  AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT: Advocate for improved financial, policy and legal action on nutrition, and hold all stakeholders accountable. 
  3.  NETWORK SUSTAINABILITY: Drive sustainability across the CSN by equipping the Network’s structures with the skills and resources they need to deliver on their workplans and address the challenges they face.
  4. PROGRAMME DELIVERY: Scale up effective nutrition interventions and sensitisation at community level. 
  5. EVIDENCE & LEARNING: Generate evidence and use it to inform decisions and scale promising interventions. 

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Meet the Team

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Alexandra Newlands 

Senior Adviser

a.newlands@savethechildren.org.uk

As the SUN CSN Senior Adviser, Alexandra oversees the work on the Network’s strategy, global advocacy, global governance, as well as regional and country engagement coordination.

Before joining SUN CSN, Alexandra worked for five years on partnership building to end child marriage at Girls Not Brides, and over five years on policy & advocacy addressing maternal, newborn and child health, nutrition, child participation and social accountability issues at World Vision International and EU Representation office.

Alexandra acquired field experience in Malawi working on World Vision’s social accountability programme, as well as in Mexico where she worked in a children’s environmental education centre. She holds an MA in Translation, and a Master of Internal Development Cooperation from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. 

Andy Rooke 

Development & Sustainability Advisor

a.rooke@savethechildren.org.uk

@andyrooke87

Andy’s work currently focuses on global development and sustainability for the Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Network, and in particular focusing on supporting alliances in the network with their sustainability through improving governance and long term financing.

Before joining the SUN CSN, Andy worked for the British Red Cross on developing partnerships between the private sector and humanitarian relief both within the UK and Internationally.

He studied Environmental Science with particular interest conservation, climate change and agriculture.

Zoe Bennell

Communications Officer 

z.bennell@savethechildren.org.uk

Zoe currently oversees the SUN CSN's social media channels and website as well as delivering mass communication to the network. She also supports the alliances' media and social media content also gathering and editing photographic and video content around SUN work. 

Before joining the SUN Network, Zoe worked in both the Media and Digital teams of Save the Children UK. 

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