Emergency Nutrition Network ENN

The ENN was set up in 1996 by an international group of humanitarian agencies to accelerate learning and strengthen institutional memory in the emergency food and nutrition sector. The ENNs flagship publication, Field Exchange, was developed as the main means of achieving this … (about 1/2).

IFE core group; Network with others;
Report; Resources; Research; Links; Supporters; Donate; Field Exchange (magazine);
Address: Emergency Nutrition Network ENN, 32 Leopold Street, Oxford, OX4 1TW, UK;

About 2/2: … Since its inception, the ENN has developed a range of complementary activities including production of Special Supplements on areas of cutting edge programming, production of training materials and policy guidance on Infant Feeding in Emergencies, research initiatives, and independent reporting on/facilitation of international meetings.

The ENN’s Vision:

  • That every individual caught up in a nutritional emergency anywhere in the world gets the most effective help possible.

The ENN’s Objective:

  • To improve effectiveness of emergency food and nutrition interventions through identification and dissemination of lessons learnt in the course of operational practice and through research and evaluation.

The ENN’s Mission – There are three cross-cutting themes to all of ENN’s activities:

  • Building up capacity – at all levels, from international non-governmental organisations to local community organisations, and, from policy-makers to field workers, to respond more effectively to crises. This involves developing a shared institutional memory of what does and does not work in different crisis situations and delivering that knowledge as widely as possible.
  • Network-building – so that existing organisations support and learn from each other as much as possible. The overarching purpose of ENN is to speed up the sharing of knowledge. Wherever possible, the ENN seeks to reduce the communication chain.
  • Impartiality and independence – to be able to report on failures as well as successes, the independence of the ENN is vital. This means ensuring that no one source of income predominates in practice or perception.

ENN Services – Collecting information:

  • The ENN comprises a network of over 200 agencies world wide
  • Agencies contribute programme experience, research and evaluation findings and news


  • The ENN team helps participating agencies draw out lessons and identify research needs based on programme experience – this process strengthens agency institutional memory
  • The write up of lessons, research and evaluation findings in Field Exchange serves as a resource to further strengthen agency institutional memory, as well as increase sectoral knowledge

Sharing information:

  • The ENN publishes articles and summaries of research and evaluation findings in Field Exchange
  • The ENN collaborates with organisations in preparing and facilitating international meetings and is also involved in the preparation, production and dissemination of documents to improve food and nutrition humanitarian response

Institutional base:

  • The Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN) was established in November 1996, following a recommendation made at an UNHCR-hosted inter-agency group meeting of food and nutrition professionals in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 1995).
  • The ENN was initially established as a self-financing activity in the Department of Community Health and General Practice in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and later incorporated as a limited company in Ireland (30th April 2001). In September 2003, a transfer of ENN activities to Oxford, UK began that was completed in July 2004.
  • The ENN is registered as a charity in the UK (charity reg. no. 1115156) and is a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital in the UK (company reg. no. 4889844).

ENN Environmental Policy:

  • ENN recognises that concern for the Environment should be an integral and fundamental part of operations and its interactions with its partners, clients, suppliers and supporters. ENN is aware of the impact of its day to day operations on the environment and its objective is to minimise the impacts arising from its activities.

Read the ENN environmental policy

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