Q&A: For donors, investing in nutrition is 'pure economics'

Tatjana von Steiger Weber, deputy head of domain global cooperation at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Photo by: IISD/ENB / ENB

WASHINGTON — Donors must change the way they interact with partner governments, said Tatjana von Steiger Weber, deputy head of domain global cooperation at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

As the global community looks toward meeting the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, she said agencies like her own must move away from models that support the implementation of prescribed solutions without input of local government and civil society. The Scaling Up Nutrition Movement is one example of a way to create a platform where all stakeholders — even those with different views — can engage productively to solve problems, she said.

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    Teresa Welsh is a Reporter with Devex based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Devex, Teresa wrote about Latin America from McClatchy's Washington Bureau and covered foreign affairs for U.S. News and World Report. She worked as a reporter in Colombia, where she previously lived teaching English. Teresa earned bachelor of arts degrees in journalism and Latin American studies from the University of Wisconsin.