World Bank & WFP map joint strategy for tackling humanitarian and development challenges

0
472
World Food Programme (WFP) staff members load bags into a truck in a WFP warehouse. North Darfur. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran, UNAMID.

The leaders of the World Bank and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have laid out an ambitious new plan to work together in the fight against extreme poverty and hunger.

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and WFP Executive Director David Beasley joined forces to knock down the practical and ideological barriers between “humanitarian” and “development” assistance to better tackle the complex challenges the world faces.

“By 2030, we estimate that half of the world’s extreme poor will live in fragile and conflict-affected countries” Jim Yong Kim, World Bank President

“If we are serious about ending poverty, we have to work closely with humanitarian organizations such as the World Food Programme.The framework we’re signing today builds on our respective strengths and demonstrates our commitment to work together to make sure no one is left behind”, said Kim.

“Hunger is dramatically on the rise and millions of people are suffering », David Beasley, Executive Director of WFP

The world can’t afford to sit back and watch us work separately on these problems. Today signals an end to the siloed way of doing things and the beginning of WFP and the World Bank working closely together – regardless of who gets the credit – to fight hunger and poverty and increase stability and sustainability,” said Beasley of WFP.

While the World Bank and WFP share a vision of a world without extreme poverty and hunger, their approaches to tackling those problems in the past have been very different. Kim and Beasley on Wednesday signed a groundbreaking new framework to combine their organizations’ efforts in new ways, offering concrete guidance and support to help World Bank and WFP teams work together in countries across the globe.

The strategic partnership framework – the first of its kind between the two institutions – identifies nine priority areas where the combination of the World Bank’s analytic and financial expertise and WFP’s unparalleled operational footprint can have the most powerful effect together in reducing hunger and extreme poverty. They include, but are not limited to: increased cooperation in fragile, conflict or violence-affected contexts; enhancing collaboration on social protection; supporting digital identity management systems; supporting school meals, health and nutrition programs; and joining forces to prevent childhood stunting in contexts where humanitarian and development agendas intersect.

PARTAGER
Article précédentCes femmes qui font Genève: Isabelle Gattiker
Article suivantSyrie, nouvelle normalité effrayante
Catherine Fiankan-Bokonga est la Directrice de publication et la Rédactrice en chef de Klvin Mag, distribué sur l’ensemble du territoire suisse depuis septembre 2016. Elle est aussi correspondante de France 24 & différents médias au Palais des Nations à Genève. Elle est Vice-Présidente élue de l’Association des Correspondants Accrédités auprès des Nations Unies (ACANU) et du Club Suisse de la Presse. Elle a été Vice-Présidente de l’Association de la Presse Etrangère en Suisse et au Lichtenstein (2013-2015).