For the displaced and the forgotten

The World Food Programme’s use of flexible and Immediate Response Account funding in 2018

“We expect WFP to deliver swiftly, efficiently and effectively. Flexible and multiyear funding allows it to be an agile and rapid humanitarian responder.” (Per Olsson Fridh, state secretary to the Minister of International Development of Sweden)

Click on the picture to access the interactive map of donors and allocations of flexible funding in 2018. Yellow circles indicate contributions of flexible funding to WFP, blue circles indicate allocations of flexible funding to WFP operations by WFP SRAC decision, pink circles indicate advances from WFP’s Immediate Response Account to WFP operations.
A WFP UNHAS helicopter landing in Borno, Nigeria. Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud

“It’s pretty simple: flexible funding allows us to be more timely, effective and efficient, delivering the maximum impact for every contribution we receive” (David Beasley, WFP Executive Director)

“In times of crisis, natural or man-made, immediate access to unconditional resources is a matter of life and death.”

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WFP’s Immediate Response Account: a catalyst to assist displaced families in Colombia

A community kitchen in La Parada, Cúcuta, Colombia, near the border with Venezuela. Vulnerable migrants receive hot and healthy meals after exhausting journeys. WFP/Deivid Torrado
People patiently wait in line in a community kitchen in Cucúta, Colombia. WFP/Deivid Torrado

“The food here is very balanced and varied. I ate lentils, plantain, chicken, sometimes there’s also soup”.

Fresh and varied ingredients make up a healthy meal. WFP/Deivid Torrado

“We want the migrants to feel at home, eating the food they love. Everyone deserves to be welcomed like that”.

David offers his help as a volunteer to cook warm and nutritious food for his Venezuelan brothers and sisters. WFP/Deivid Torrado.
Yusleidi registers to receive assistance from WFP at Parroquia la Dolorosa, Cúcuta, Colombia. Migrant families living in temporary shelters or informal settlements receive pre-paid cards. WFP/Dario Lopera

Flexible funds kickstart WFP’s response to an extreme lean season in the Sahel

Chelou Abakar Moussa and her daughter Hawa prepare a family meal in Bouroumtchouloum, Chad. This will be the day’s only meal for her husband, their 9 children and her. She cooks fresh fish caught in the nearby lake — but these are becoming more and more scarce. Her husband is blind and cannot provide for the family. WFP/Nathalie Magnien

“The rains were just too poor. We couldn’t get a good harvest. As the river didn’t rise, we couldn’t plant along the banks either.” (Demba Lao Ndiaye, village head in Orefonde, Senegal)

“The flexible contributions received allowed us to start assisting 45,000 people with food and cash before the peak of the lean season had taken a toll on already fragile livelihoods. The flexibility allowed us to target the regions and households most in need, and ensure the arrival of nutritional products for children and young mothers way ahead of the lean period”. (Rainatou Baillet, WFP Deputy Country Director in Mauritania)

Children benefiting from specialised nutritional activities in Chad. Photo: WFP/Nathalie Magnien

“This was our biggest lean season response of the last six years. And it was really thanks to flexible funding.“ (Nancy Walters, WFP Country Director in Chad)

Flexible funds sustain a cash lifeline in Palestine

Riman feeding lentil soup and bread to her children, nephews and nieces in Gaza City. Photo: WFP/ Wissam Nassar
In Gaza, WFP is supporting 245,000 non-refugees, who on average live on less than US$1 a day. The United Nations warned that Gaza might become uninhabitable by 2020. Photos: WFP/Wissam Nassar, Raphael Duboispean

“My brother stopped working and my friends and family can no longer afford to support me. I had no choice but to take on additional loans so that my children would not have to sleep on an empty stomach.” (Sanuora, divorced mother of six children in Beitlahia, North Gaza)

The average household debt is US$4,300, when most people live on a budget of US$1 per day.

Arif and his employees at the Al Jaleel dairy company, Deir-El Balah, Gaza. Photo: WFP/Raphael Duboispean

Keeping life bearable for 870,000 people in the world’s largest refugee camp

Julekha with her two-year-old child. She arrived in Bangladesh six month ago with her children and her husband, who is physically paralyzed and cannot work or move around to collect relief. Photo: WFP/Saikat Mojumder
A Rohingya refugee returning home with food from a general food distribution. Photo: WFP/Kauser Haider
Sahara Kathun and her daughter Tamana Bibi. WFP/Saikat Mojumder

“My daughter was born inside our broken house. She would get drenched in the rain. I feel much safer now.”

Top left: An extension of the camp built through the interagency SMEP, where tens of thousands of the people most at risk of flooding and landslides were relocated. Top right: Workers contributing to the SMEP interventions. Bottom: children enjoying a nutritious meal in one of the 44 schools reached by WFP’s school feeding programme. Photos: WFP/Photo linrry

Flexible funds save lives in a critically underfunded emergency drought response in Madagascar

Left: the dry Mananbovo river in Tsihombe, southern Madagascar. Right: A Zebu in the spiny forests of southwest Madagascar. Photos: WFP/Giulio D’Adamo
Left: two men carrying the food they received at a WFP Food distribution in Maheny (Beloha Region), Madagascar. Right: Manintsy, 31, with one of her three children, Famoeae, at a WFP food distribution in Maheny (Beloha Region),Madagascar. Photos: WFP/Giulio D’Adamo
Mazavasoa, holding one of her children, receiving cash at a WFP distribution site in Maheny (Beloha Region), Madagascar. Photo: WFP/Giulio D’Adamo

“These lands seemed to be lost forever. Thanks to this project, we can now cultivate thesm.”

Cover photo: Yusleidi registers to receive assistance from WFP at Parroquia la Dolorosa, Cúcuta, Colombia. WFP/Dario Lopera



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