The Mondelez International Foundation recently brought together seven of the world's leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in community-based obesity prevention to accelerate its impact promoting healthy lifestyles for youth. Together, they developed a common roadmap to help better measure, evaluate, communicate and design existing and future well-being projects. Dr. Rafael Perez-Escamilla, Professor of Epidemiology and director of the Office of Public Health Practice at the Yale School of Public Health, and Michael Alberg-Seberich, managing director at Beyond Philanthropy, led the summit with instrumental help from the International Nutrition Foundation.
"This is a pioneering opportunity to reshape how NGO partners create, refine and measure the impact of childhood anti-obesity programs," said Perez-Escamilla, in a prepared statement. "Using the concept of Program Impact Pathways (PIPs) we're teaching a cutting-edge, comprehensive and rigorous evaluation approach so NGOs and their partners can further improve their evidence-based programs."
NGO partners included INMED Partnerships for Children in Brazil; China Youth Development Foundation; Klasse2000 in Germany, Save the Children in Italy; Charities Aid Federation in Russia; Alicia Foundation in Spain; and Life Education West Midlands in partnership with Services for Education in the United Kingdom. The summit was the first occasion for NGO leaders to meet face-to-face alongside the 2013 International Congress of Nutrition in Granada, Spain – the world's largest gathering of nutrition professionals of its kind.
"It's unique for a corporate foundation to bring together a global group of NGOs, especially the on-the-ground experts, in such a forum," said Alberg-Seberich. "And it's important to show the corporate philanthropy and NGO communities these workshops can make a collective impact on a global scale. Together, they can find common denominators, better understand trends and opportunities and take a strategic view to encourage one another's success."
"We're committed to building community partnerships that empower people with the healthy habits to achieve holistic well-being," said Nicole Robinson, president of the Mondelez International Foundation and senior director for corporate community involvement at Mondelez International. "We're in 165 countries around the world, so we're uniquely positioned to enable innovative collaborations by bringing together some of the world's leading NGOs to ramp up physical activity, secure more fresh foods through local agriculture and offer better nutrition education for children and their families. I'm truly hopeful about how these NGOs will cross barriers and borders in the spirit of improving health outcomes."
Individually the seven NGO partners have had great success. And together through the summit, the groups have created new ways to collaborate and make an even bigger difference.
Here are some results of the global NGO partners' recent successes: