By Andrew Brown on March 19th, 2019

We are pleased to share with you the 2nd ‘IAPHL quarterly supply chain resource review’. In this issue we again consulted a number of SCM information repositories, academic, private sector, and SCM experts to select for you the following resources that we hope will inform you, challenge you and keep you thinking how you can improve your own practice and the productivity of the supply chain you work in.

In this issue we have a focus on ‘The Journey to Self-Reliance’ and supply chain sustainability.

i. Web resource: USAID Self-Reliance Metrics & Country Roadmaps
Each country must lead its own development journey by financing and implementing solutions to its own development challenges. On this website you can:
– Learn more about the Journey to Self-Reliance
– Access USAID’s primary self-reliance assessment tool: The Country Roadmaps
– View and download a wide-range of supporting resources

ii. Guidance: From Pilot to practice: Lessons on Scale, Institutionalization and Sustainability (SC4CCM)
Scale up and institutionalization of successful practices is the goal of every pilot project. Successfully navigating this pilot-to-practice journey to meet scale up and sustainability goals has been a challenge for many global health interventions. Based on SC4CCM’s five year experience with identifying, testing, and scaling up successful community level supply chain interventions, this guidance provides practical advice how best to undertake this journey.

iii. Tool: The Pathway to Supply Chain Sustainability: A Planning Tool for Scaling & Institutionalizing Innovations within Public Sector Supply Chains (SC4CCM) 2012
This tool is designed to provide supply chain units a set of criteria by which they can assess the degree to which the organizations are ready to take a supply chain innovation to scale and subsequently to institutionalize the establishment of the innovation as a standard business practice within the organization. By assessing readiness through examination of the criteria, program and supply chain managers can also develop comprehensive plans that identify areas that need strengthening or further development to enable the innovation to be scaled and institutionalized.

iv. Article: Supply Chain Maturity in Frontier Markets (PSA 2019)
One of the challenges for supply chains functioning under extreme resource constraints is to find a relevant framework or model which applies realistic expectations for capabilities and performance and provides a common language for partners and stakeholders. Many frameworks and models for supply chains are available, however, the vast majority are intended for functional, mature supply chains that aim to optimize their current operations. The supply chains in the scope of this work are often not functioning and are often less mature than those supported by the existing models. This article resents the Gate’s SOLVE model which uses a ‘Theory of Constraints’ approach.

v. Study: Supply Chain Success Factors in Emerging Markets. Accenture Global Operations Megatrends Study (2015)
Although from 2015, this global study provides a private sector look at what is required for supply chains to be effective in in emerging markets to meet the challenges such markets pose.

vi. Opinion: Overhaul the medicine supply chain. An op-ed by Prashant Yadav Gates (2018)
In this open editorial piece Dr Yadav challenges the mainstream model of central supply chain systems for low and middle income countries and presents how elements from the private sector may be applied to develop sustainable supply chains.

vii. Opinion: Future Development: The end of aid (Brookings Institution 2018)
The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Their mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level. This editorial presents a forward look into trends into the provision of international aid for development.

viii. Publication: The Secret for Low and Middle-Income Countries Supply Chain Systems Journey towards Self-reliance: Roles of the Supply Chain Professional Associations and Federations (Aslob 2019)
In this publication the Association of Beninese Logisticians (AsLoB) from Benin, outlines how a regional professional association can contribute to the sustainable development of health supply chains.

ix. Tool: USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program Contraceptive Security Indicators
Use this interactive dashboard to explore results from the 2017 Contraceptive Security Indicator Survey. Explore indicators for particular country using the map or select a topic area to view indicators at a global level.

x. Five videos to challenge your ideas for improving supply chains:
a. Trends and Opportunities in Emerging Markets
Watch this brief video for some great insights from Roddy Martin, VP, Oracle SCM Cloud Product Marketing and Maeve Magner, Business Advisor, MM Supply Chain Management Advisory Services about trends and opportunities in emerging markets.

b. Innovations in Last-Mile Delivery
A look at last mile delivery from a private sector perspective in developed markets.

c. CSCMP’s Role in Innovation & Talent Development
The Council of Supply Management Professionals provides networking and educational opportunities to enable supply chain leaders to take advantage of innovations in their ever-changing industry, says Mark Baxa, incoming CSCMP chairman of the board and head of FerniaCreek Supply Chain Consulting.

d. Sustainable supply chains at the University of Edinburgh
A challenging look at how to make supply chains more socially responsible and sustainable. A view from the University of Edinburgh as a user of supply chains.

e. USAID DELIVER PROJECT Why Invest in Supply Chains
This video highlights the importance of investing in health supply chains to ensure that medicines and other health products reach the people who need them.

This review was compiled for IAPHL by the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. GHSC-PSM connects technical solutions and proven commercial processes to promote efficient and cost-effective health supply chains worldwide. For more information, contact:

Dr. Andrew N Brown
Workforce Development Specialist
Team Lead for: Workforce Development and Enabling Environment
Contractor for USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program
Procurement and Supply Management
m:+1.571.665.8319 +61.411.137.625
Skype: andrew.brown.uc

IAPHL Quarterly Supply Chain Resource Review – March, 2019