Provision of goods


Donated goods may be utilised, with gratitude, by the UN. However, they can bring certain challenges to which all parties need to be sensitive.

For example, products must be:

  • culturally appropriate, to avoid the risk of offending local populations
  • up-to-date (if date is relevant), to ensure food and medical provisions are safe
  • offered together with the provision of transport, so that the UN is permitted to accept them
  • given without incurred future costs for the UN

UN personnel often find long-standing relationships with companies particularly valuable and strategic. In the case of disaster relief, knowing a corporate partner’s commitment in terms of product volume and timing permits the UN to plan in advance of a crisis. In the case of development and poverty alleviation, longer-term relationships can see goods play a strategic role in empowering under-resourced communities.