NGO Partnerships: Strengthening national capacity - May 2016
WFP works with a wide range of national and local first responders, including community based organizations, NGOs, Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies. 75 percent of WFP’s food assistance is delivered together with NGOs. Around 800 of WFP’s more than 1,000 NGO partners are national and local NGOs. These organizations are often the first to respond to crises and remain in the communities they serve before, after and during emergencies.
WFP’s collaboration with NGOs allows beneficiaries to access assistance at speed and scale, brings cost efficiencies, strengthens our accountability to affected populations, and supports innovative approaches to programming.
Capacity Strengthening: the WFP Approach
WFP prioritizes capacity strengthening activities with national and local NGOs. Strengthening their capacity ensures a more sustainable impact of WFP interventions by empowering communities to address their own food challenges and is key to achieving sustainable development.
WFP’s partnerships with NGOs have evolved significantly in recent years, with regular consultations and earlier involvement in programme design, drawing on the close understanding of the local context by national NGOs. WFP aims to work in strategic, qualitative partnership with NGOs throughout the programme cycle.
Key areas in which WFP is working with NGOs include emergency response and preparedness; identifying, treating and monitoring malnutrition; the design of specialized nutritious foods; cash-based transfers; mapping food insecurity and reporting market trends; the empowerment of smallholder farmers; financial and administrative procedures; and supply chain management. These capacity strengthening initiatives are delivered directly by WFP, as well as through experienced international NGO partners with expertise and close local relationships.