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What are the key trends in DFID’s aid spending on nutrition?
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What are the key trends in DFID’s aid spending on nutrition?

1. Total spending on nutrition by DFID is increasing

After a dip in 2014, DFID funded a peak number of projects in 2015 that are either nutrition-sensitive or nutrition-specific. Most projects are nutrition-sensitive, but the proportion of projects that are nutrition-specific is increasing.

Figure 2: The total number of DFID-supported nutrition projects is increasing, with a peak in nutrition-specific projects in 2015

4. With almost half of total allocations between 2010 and 2015, humanitarian interventions receive the largest proportion of DFID’s nutrition-sensitive aid

While sector trends in DFID’s nutrition-sensitive spending have stayed largely the same, with humanitarian spending accounting for the largest proportion, there was a notable increase in funding to social services in 2015.

Figure 3: The humanitarian sector receives the largest proportion of DFID’s nutrition-sensitive funding

5. Sub-Saharan Africa receives the majority of DFID’s aid spending on nutrition, but there has been a notable increase to the Middle East

While sub-Saharan Africa continues to receive most funding (54% in 2015), the Middle East saw a five-fold increase in nutrition spending (16% in 2015), primarily due to humanitarian crises in Yemen and Syria.

Figure 4: Sub-Saharan Africa receives the majority of DFID’s nutrition aid, and the proportion to the Middle East is increasing

Ethiopia received a mixture of nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific funding.

Figure 5: Ethiopia receives the most nutrition-related aid from DFID, followed by Syria and Pakistan

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