|Guidelines for Locating EDPS and Operating EDP Storage Facilities, 1997 (UNHCR - World Food Programme, 1997, 9 p.)|
Revised working arrangements between the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) were formally agreed in March 1997.1 Under these, the two organizations commit themselves to cooperating in the provision of comprehensive and cost-effective transport and distribution services for supplying food to refugee, returnee and internally displaced populations in ail joint operations. The arrangements specify that WFP is responsible for transport and storage activities up to the extended delivery points (EDPs) and UNHCR is responsible for distribution.
1 Memorandum of Understanding on The Joint Working Arrangements for Refugee, Returnee, and Internally Displaced Persons Feeding Operations, 31 March 1997, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Food Programme.
While the arrangements describe the broad responsibilities of the two organizations, certain details were left to be developed at a later time. These include guidelines for: (i) locating EDPs; and (ii) operating and managing storage facilities at EDPs.
The following guidelines were prepared to address the requirements set out in paragraph 5.2 of the Memorandum of Understanding.2 They are intended to assist staff of the two organizations in differentiating their respective responsibilities at the operational level. However, the need for flexibility in applying the guidelines is acknowledged, in view of the considerable variation in local conditions that may be encountered in joint operations. For this reason, there has been no attempt to make the guidelines exhaustive. Rather, the intention is to provide staff in the field with a basis upon which to approach the task at hand, to be always supplemented by the considered judgment of experienced officers.
2 Ibid, page 7.