29 July 2015
Nominate your Nutrition Champion. Do it today.
Nutrition needs leaders more than most other issues. Why? Well, nutrition has no obvious institutional home (no Ministries of nutrition), it cuts across disciplines and sectors and so requires leaders who can work across boundaries, it is invisible--it needs people who can stand up for it, and it affects those who are most vulnerable and have least voice--the poorest, the youngest and the most marginalised.
Where are these leaders? They are everywhere. Some are in the spotlight, some are behind the scenes. Some are at the frontlines, some are working at headquarters. Some are technicians, some are implementers. Some see themselves as leaders, others would never recognize themselves as such. Some are recognized, some are unsung. In short there are many types and forms of leadership. The important thing they all share is people taking responsibility and doing things that might be inconvenient for them but make things better for others. Lead from where you are, is the motto, and it is a good one.
Do we do a good enough job of celebrating leaders in nutrition? No. One of my former bosses always used to say its a shame we don't recognize contributions of people before they leave a job or before they pass on.
So I'm really pleased about the Transform Nutrition Champions awards from Transform Nutrition and Save the Children UK. It recognizes unsung heroes and by doing so gives them a little more belief and fortitude and, more importantly, gives the rest of us their story to inspire us and help energize the leaders of the future.
Nominate someone. Do it today.
Posted by Lawrence Haddad at 20:31