A TNT plane is loaded with WFP food assistance at the Un Humanitarian Response Depot in Brindisi, Italy. Copyright: WFP/Rein Skullerud
WFP’s partnership with transport and logistics giant TNT was the UN agency’s first ever hook-up with the private sector. It paved the way for a series of partnerships which have helped WFP improve the way it carries out its humanitarian mission. Partnership manager Anne Kohli looks back on the 10 years of this landmark partnership.
ROME -- A ten year collaboration is something to celebrate, especially when this first ever WFP private partnership opened the door to cooperating with the private sector and finding innovative solutions. It was in 2002, that Peter Bakker, CEO of TNT at the time, realized that his company had expertise and solutions to offer to WFP in its fight against hunger and decided to support WFP.
Ten years later, this partnership has left a tremendous impact and countless successful initiatives. The backbone of the partnership is knowledge transfer: TNT employees have participated in 114 specialist assignments to support a more efficient aid delivery mechanism through transport optimization, fleet and warehouse management or customs support to name a few. For instance, TNT supported WFP in designing an efficient supply chain management system for bread delivery in Egypt.
Emergency response is also one of the main components of this partnership: in 10 years, TNT responded to more than 30 emergencies, among them the Tsunami in Asia of December 2004, the Pakistan earthquake of 2005 or the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. TNT has provided local transport support and has organised 19 airlifts to deliver food and relief items where most needed. Moreover, 31 TNT employees have been trained in humanitarian logistics and are ready to deploy within 48 hours in case of emergency.
But TNT support does not stop at emergencies. Thanks to their dedication and energy, TNT staff throughout the world have participated in campaigns against hunger, such as Walk the World, during which they managed to mobilize more than 2 million people. These awareness campaigns are essential in disseminating information on world hunger and engaging more people in support of the cause.
Since 2005, TNT worldwide has been twinned with school meals programmes around the world: in Gambia, Tanzania, West Africa, Nicaragua and Cambodia. Employees have constructed schools, latrines, fuel efficient stoves to name only a few activities. Thanks to amazing and creative fundraising events, TNT employees have contributed to providing 88 million meals to children at school. The school meals and take-home rations provided by WFP encourage hungry children into primary school and help them to concentrate on their studies, which contributes to breaking the cycle of poverty and to ending child hunger.
“This partnership is about working together to ensure that we are meeting the needs of those most vulnerable,” explained WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin.
Hunger is the most solvable problem but it requires working together with everyone. Partnerships like the one with TNT are definitely part of the solution.