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Regional Public Information Officer
Public Information Officer for WFP Asia, based in Bangok, after having spent two years with WFP in Afghanistan and four years in Rome working in communications and fundraising.
Private sector contributions have benefitted WFP operations in 56 countries so far this year. Despite the strain of the global financial crisis, we are working with more than 100 private sector partners – including companies, foundations and individuals.
DSM -- Producer of nutritional ingredients, industrial chemicals and material sciences.
TNT -- Global mail and express delivery company working in 200 countries.
Unilever -- Supplier of fast-moving consumer goods including food, home and personal care products.
Vodafone Foundation – UN Foundation -- The Vodafone group is a mobile telecommunications company with more than 240 million customers worldwide.
Yum! Brands -- The world’s largest restaurant group and parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Long John Silver’s and A&W.
ROME -- The business world has an important role to play in the fight against hunger – especially when the expertise and influence of companies can be aligned with humanitarian objectives in strategic, long-term partnerships.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explains that fighting hunger and poverty should be a priority for the private sector as well as the public sector: “Markets can flourish only in societies that are healthy. And societies need healthy markets to flourish. That is why we have to boost our private-public alliances.”
For WFP, support from the private sector includes cash donations to help fund operations, but it also means leveraging companies’ core skills to help WFP feed more people better and more quickly.
Here's how the corporate world can help best:
A year ago this month former US President Bill Clinton announced a historic private sector commitment to school meals which included an unprecedented five-year, US$80-million cash pledge from YUM! Brands to WFP and other hunger-related organizations. The commitment allowed WFP to provide meals to hundreds of thousands of children in school.
Watch video of Bill Clinton talking about the power of school meals programmes.
The Clinton Global Initiative was established in 2005 as non-partisan platform for action which provides the means through which global leaders from the private sector, NGOs and governments work together on solutions to growing global challenges.