Developing a Cost Allocation Model for the Recently Proposed Centralized Information Technology Structure at the World Food Programme

Pre-Event Planning
Cost Allocation for a Centralized Service
World Food Programme (WFP)

WFP is the United Nations food assistance arm. It provides the logistics support to get food to the right people, at the right time and in the right place. Currently, WFP’s ICT (Information and Communication Technology) support model is a structure where each single Country Office maintains a technical support team, resulting in limited scope, uneven distribution of resources and support quality, and an inefficient global roll-out of applications. WFP plans to implement a new centralized model that would exploit the benefit of global teamwork through Service and Competency Centres (SCC). To operate the global SCCs, a model for allocating the SCCs costs must be developed. This model will address issues such as costing the provided services, allocating the costs to the relevant Country Offices, and locating the SCCs optimally.

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