WFP's new 'people' strategy

World Food Program supplies arrive in Northern Sumatra. Photo by: M Anshar/AusAID / CC BY

Simultaneous large-scale emergencies and more people in need of food aid and assistance than ever before means the World Food Program's operating environment is facing an unprecedented increase in demand. Investing even more heavily in human capital may be one way that WFP can help maintain its impact on the ground in times of crisis.

The world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger is currently drafting a new comprehensive strategy to enhance staff management, expected to be endorsed by its executive board in June.

"WFP has two assets: One is funding, which we get from donors, the second is our people and we couldn't do our job without either of them,” Prerana Issar, WFP’s director of human resources, told Devex. “Sometimes I think we forget that people require as much attention and investment as our funds. That’s the balance we want to strike."

The former global vice president of human resources for foods at Unilever took on the role of WFP HR director in February 2013 and is now leading the reform process.

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    Elena L. Pasquini

    Elena Pasquini covers the development work of the European Union as well as various U.N. food and agricultural agencies for Devex News. Based in Rome, she also reports on Italy's aid reforms and attends the European Development Days and other events across Europe. She has interviewed top international development officials, including European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs. Elena has contributed to Italian and international magazines, newspapers and news portals since 1995.