The World Food Program and the Organization of the Islamic Conference are collaborating to expand the coverage of their aid efforts in Somalia. The partnership will focus on displaced people in the Afgooye corridor, which is located southwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu.
Salman Omer, WFP’s acting country director in Somalia, and Elmanan Bakhit, OIC’s assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, have the signed the memorandum of understanding between the two organizations, notes Garowe Online, an independent Somalia-based news network.
Under the accord, OIC will seek partner non-governmental organizations to distribute food aid to needy Somalis. The two organizations also commit to jointly raising funds during the six-month duration of the deal. An independent panel will be tasked with monitoring whether aid is reaching the target beneficiaries.