At a time of unprecedented humanitarian emergencies, the World Food Programme (WFP) depends more than ever on partners like Norway to help us respond quickly and effectively to the needs of millions of people exposed to conflict and natural disaster. Each year, Norway contributes generously to our operations around the globe through a Strategic Partnership Agreement that gives us flexible, predictable as well as reliable funding. This allows us to respond in a timely manner to the world’s major crises. Whether in conflict-affected South Sudan, inside Syria and beyond its borders, in Iraq or in climate-impacted Nepal and Ethiopia, WFP provides food assistance to the most affected people - undernourished mothers, children and families – thanks to Norwegian support.
In 2015, multilateral (core) funding made up nearly half of Norway’s contribution, allowing WFP to allocate resources according to operational and organizational priorities, thereby ensuring that vulnerable people received the support they required quickly.
Norway is also a highly-valued contributor to WFP's Immediate Response Account (IRA), enabling WFP to step in with emergency assistance fast - before further funds are mobilized.
WFP often relies on the IRA in a sudden onset crisis – and Norway is consistently among those donors whose funds help us deliver life-saving food.
Besides being among our leading partners, Norway stands alongside WFP in building resilience for communities in conflict and post-conflict countries through innovative gender-sensitive programming and activities such as school meals and take-home rations, which are especially important in ensuring that girls, in particular, are educated.
Finally, through its Stand-by Partner (NORDCAP) and Junior Expert (JPO) programmes, Norway punches above its weight in supplying highly-qualified personnel who bolster WFP’s operations all over the world. We are both proud and grateful to partner with Norway, whose leadership towards the goal of a world with zero hunger is truly inspiring.