The World Food Programme (WFP) is proud to work with more than 1,000 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the globe, from small grassroots groups to large international aid agencies.

Without this collaboration, our efforts to bring much-needed assistance to more than 80 million people in 80 countries would be jeopardized. Without the vocal support of these organizations, our efforts to put Zero Hunger at the top of the international agenda would be far less successful.

NGOs are at our side in many programme settings, from food distribution in emergencies to longer-term initiatives such as schools meals and asset creation. In fact, three-quarters of our food and cash-based transfer operations are delivered together with NGOs. In partnership, we combine complementary strengths and expertise with the common goal of achieving Zero Hunger. 

NGO partners enable us to deliver quickly and effectively and access areas we would be unable to reach alone. They are often in the unique position of having a long-term presence in, and a deep contextual understanding of, the communities we work with. Their daily contact with communities before, during and after emergencies provides us with an invaluable link to the people we serve. They allow us to carry out increasingly innovative and multi-dimensional programmes.  

In turn, with its vast field presence, WFP allows NGOs to expand their own reach. They can strengthen their technical knowledge and expertise by drawing on our decades-long experience in logistics, emergency preparedness, cash and voucher distribution, vulnerability mapping and nutrition programming. WFP can also provide the funding needed to scale up programmes, which NGOs may be unable to secure alone.

Partnerships a key strength

Following external consultation and internal review, WFP has embarked on a process of institutional reform that identifies partnerships as one of its key strengths. 
Our Strategic Plan (2014-2017) emphasizes that partnerships drive all WFP programmes, policies and activities. The Corporate Partnership Strategy, adopted in 2014, highlights the evolution of WFP’s culture from “we deliver” to “we deliver better together”. 

Supporting local and national first responders

Under the Grand Bargain – a package of reforms to humanitarian funding launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 – WFP agreed to provide more support and funds to first responders, including NGOs. 

The drive towards a more localized response to humanitarian needs is already reflected in WFP’s capacity strengthening activities with local and national NGOs: 850 of WFP’s 1,000 NGO partners are country-specific. Enhancing their capability ensures our interventions have a long-lasting impact, by empowering communities and countries to address their own food challenges. 

Find out more here: WFP’s Support to Local and National First Responders (PDF).