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Vodafone: WFP's Partner of the year

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In recognition of the leading public private alliance for the support on the improvement of communication during humanitarian crises, the Vodafone Foundation (VF) was awarded WFP’s ‘partner of the year’.

On Thursday, January 29th 2009 the CEO of Vodafone, Mr. Vittorio Colao received the award from WFP Executive Director Ms. Josette Sheeran at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Positioned as the ‘Global Partners for Emergency Communications’, VF and the United Nations Foundation in 2008 become key members of the WFP’s select group of Global Humanitarian Partners, through a combined $6.1 million 3-year commitment to increase the effectiveness of the information and communications technology (ICT) response to humanitarian emergencies around the world.

Further expanding the partnership, WFP/VF/UNF has just launched the Vodafone’s Specialist Program, an opportunity for Vodafone staff to spend a year working side by side with WFP supporting their humanitarian efforts in humanitarian emergencies around the world.