Investing in Nutrition -The Role of Catalytic Financing

Investing in Nutrition -The Role of Catalytic Financing

Dec 08, 2021
06:30 - 07:45 AM EST

Nutrition for Growth Summit

The Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), joined by the Ministry of Finance of Japanthe World Bank, and the *Global Finance Facility  for Women, Children, and Adolescents (GFF), will hold an official Nutrition for Growth 2021 Summit event: “Investing in Nutrition—The Role of Catalytic Financing.” 

Nutrition is key to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) and build human capital, and renewed commitment to nutrition financing will be needed to reach this goal. Against the backdrop of the long-standing partnership on advancing nutrition between Japan and the World Bank, the meeting will discuss how to secure financing for nutrition and how to mainstream nutrition financing in UHC strategies, including as part of pandemic preparedness, and response. Speakers will shed light on the roles of catalytic financing to prioritize nutrition in national development agendas, enhance delivery of nutrition services through health systems and engage stakeholders in the policy dialogue and program implementation by highlighting country initiatives in the field of nutrition.


Date and Time:   

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 (8:30 pm – 9:45 pm JST, GMT+9)


Zoom webinar


Japanese and English (simultaneous interpretation available)

Participation Fee:



500 attendees


Tentative Agenda:

Opening remarks

KEIZO TAKEMI, Member of the House of Chancellors and JCIE Senior Fellow

MARI PANGESTU, Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships at the World Bank

Panel discussion

DAVID WILSON, Program Director in the Health Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank  (chair)

JUAN PABLO URIBE, Global Director for Health, Nutrition & Population and GFF Director at the World Bank

SUPRAYOGA HADI, Deputy on Human Development Policy and Development Equity, Indonesia, GFF and Japan Trust Fund for Scaling Up Nutrition beneficiary country

NADINE UMUTONI GATSINZI, Director-General of National Child Development Agency, Rwanda, GFF and Japan Trust Fund for Scaling Up Nutrition beneficiary country 

TADASHI SATO, Vice president, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

MATY DIA WANDELER, Partnership Manager for the Global Financing Facility Civil Society Hub, PAI, and CSO representative at the GFF Investors Group

Closing remarks

ATSUSHI MIMURA, Deputy Director-General at the International Bureau of the Ministry of Finance  

*Pre-registration is required for attendance. Those who have pre-registered will be provided with a webinar link at a later date. 
* The Global Financing Facility for Women, Children, and Adolescents (GFF): Established in 2015, the GFF supports low and lower-middle income countries with catalytic financing and technical assistance to develop and implement prioritized national health plans to scale up access to affordable, quality care for women, children, and adolescents. The GFF is a multi-stakeholder global partnership, housed at the World Bank, that aims to mobilize additional funding through the combination of grants from a dedicated multi-donor trust fund (the GFF Trust Fund) and financing from low-interest loans.
The Japan Trust Fund for Scaling Up Nutrition Investments: Established in 2009, this initiative provides technical support and advice to countries with high rates of severe malnourishment in order to develop policies for improving nutrition and to improve their capacity to implement them, thereby encouraging nutrition-related investments by these countries and the World Bank.