In Episode 11, we explore humanitarian supply chains and international development. This is Part 1 of 2 lightning talks with Pretty Mubaiwa, PhD Public Law Candidate and UCT Regional Coordinator for the Africa Resource Center. Pretty works in disruptive supply chain to provide critical medicine, access, and care at the point of need. The mantra of this organization is African led, African inspired, and to improve lives of African people.
International Development is an extremely complex environment. In many parts of the world, governments run humanitarian supply chains as a public service. Coordinating how the medicines are sourced, and working with donors and partners is often not well-coordinated. Problems start at the national level, and if the government doesn’t get it right, people lose their lives.
In this episode, we discuss the donor relationship, central medical stores, working without a demand signal, impacts of cold chain on inventory management, the opportunity for network infrastructure and 3PL/last mile delivery, and how supply chain is an underdeveloped industry without education programs in place to support the people who need it the most.
To learn more about Pretty: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pretty-mubaiwa-b5917086/; to learn more about ARC: https://www.linkedin.com/company/africa-resource-centre/about/
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