Malnutrition during the first 1,000 days of life (chronic malnutrition) is one of the most common diseases in the world, affecting 1 in 5 children (149 million) globally, limiting their future health and prosperity. It happens when children do not get the nutrition they require for healthy growth and development during the first 1,000 days of their lives. This type of malnutrition, called chronic malnutrition, has irreversible and lifelong consequences on the development of children’s bodies, brains and immune systems. By age 2, 70% of brain connections are formed.
Despite the irreversible consequences of this disease, lack of investment hinders the progress in the fight against malnutrition during the first 1,000 days of life. UNITLIFE was created by the UN Capital Development Fund and UN Women to address this gap.
UNITLIFE seeks to close the investment gap by raising funding through innovative partnerships with private sector players and direct citizen contributions. UNITLIFE finances nutritious food systems and invests in women’s empowerment and climate-smart agriculture. UNITLIFE aims to protect the next generation.
We harness the power of local businesses and the digital economy by building innovative partnerships with businesses to inject expertise, innovation while unlocking financial resources.
Through enablement of innovative finance models with companies, the funded projects:
You can learn more about our investment priorities here.
Engage with international, regional national, and local stakeholders’ experts to identify most innovative and relevant interventions capturing local needs for UNITLIFE's project portfolio.
Co-design interventions with interested private sector partners who can provide resources to a project in their country of interest. Check our current partners.
Involve a Technical Review Committee, composed of independent experts (academics, scientists, development agents) to assess and score projects submitted by international NGOs and UN agencies through a call for interest.
The final decision is made by the Executive Board to ensure the projects are in line with UNITLIFE’s investment strategy.
Rely on implementing partners, who have a strong local footprint and involve local communities, companies, and civil society organizations. This ensures ownership and continuity even after the project is completed.
Support the partners on the ground with accessible expertise and assets and manage the proper articulation between economic empowerment and social & behavior change to maximize impact sustainability.
Ensure regular monitoring involving local partners and field visits conducted by UNITLIFE Secretariat or the coordinator of a UN in-country nutrition coordination group
Establish a strong accountability framework with use of funds and control mechanisms verified by external audits, and fiduciary assessments conducted by independent specialized firm.