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Islamic Relief and WFP in Groundbreaking Agreement

01 December 2006

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...this MoU offers new opportunities to further improve the way in which we serve the world's poorest communities... - Dr Hany El Banna
Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) today signed a landmark agreement with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) which will help the delivery of food and aid to the world’s hungry and poor.

The Memorandum of Understanding is a result of years of co-operation between the two organisations.

The partnership will cover everything ranging from emergency food distributions in the aftermath of man-made or natural disasters to long term rehabilitation programmes for countries recovering from emergencies.

Dr Hany El Banna, President of IRW, believes the biggest winners from the agreement will be the millions living in poverty and starvation around the world.

“In the past decade and without this MoU, IRW and WFP have jointly implemented a wide range of programmes. Those programmes have been successful because they combine Islamic Relief's community-based approach and rapid response capacity at the grass roots level with the WFP's ability to mobilise resources and expertise,” he said.

He further added: “I am very happy with this formalisation of our relationship, as the signing of this MoU brings this successful cooperation to the fore.

“As such, this MoU offers new opportunities to further improve the way in which we serve the world's poorest communities, and our ability to empower them to lift themselves out of poverty.”

Islamic Relief’s operations currently span more than 20 countries, including some of the world’s poorest nations.



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