WFP working with NGOs: A framework for partnership

Publication Type:

Conference Paper

Source:

World Food Programme. Executive Board, Annual Sess, 21-24 May 2001, World Food Programme, Rome, Italy (2001)

Keywords:

DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS; FOOD AID; INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION; NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS; partnership; partnerships; Planning; Training; WFP

Abstract:

WFP depends on collaboration with partners to complement food aid with technical and non-food inputs. Currently WFP works with more than 1,100 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and each relationship is reflective of the country-specific operational context, in particular the timing and nature of the food aid operation and national governments' views of NGOs. WFP recognizes the importance of longer-term partnerships, as evident in its 16 Memoranda of Understanding that outline strategic ways of working with its NGO partners. Working in partnership is one important way. A partnership is defined here as a mutually beneficial alliance between organizations where roles, responsibilities and accountabilities are clearly defined. These relationships are based on a shared vision regarding objectives and purpose of work. They involve joint resource contributions, shared risks and joint control of information. This paper builds on lessons learned to identify key elements in a WFP-NGO partnership framework. It proposes capacity-building, advocacy and other measures related to establishing effective partnerships, with a particular focus on strengthening relationships with local NGOs. Draft Decision The Board took note of the review of WFP's NGO partnerships contained in document WFP/EB.A/2001/4-B, prepared as a response to a request made at the Board's First Regular Session, 2000, and approved the recommendations on how such partnerships should be pursued, contained therein.

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