For most people, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in the Central African Republic (CAR) conjures up images of a truck on its way to deliver food assistance to the country’s most vulnerable. Yet, the UN agency is also a leader in providing telecommunications during humanitarian emergencies.

In 2020, WFP personnel implemented an innovative project, which helped make Internet connectivity four times faster while improving cost-effectiveness for half of the UN agencies operating in CAR. There are several women — all experts in information and communications technology (ICT) behind this inter-agency initiative.