Panel discussions, breakout sessions and workshops: it’s all here!


People that Deliver (PtD) is in the final stages of preparing for the inaugural Global Indaba: the first conference to focus on human resources (HR) for supply chain management (SCM) in Africa.

The programme will be organised along the four pathways of the PtD Theory of Change – staffing, skills, working conditions and motivation. And through breakout sessions, panel discussions and workshops, participants will showcase international and country-based applications of labour-market approaches.

“We’ve got a packed agenda that we can’t wait to deliver to you,” explained Lloyd Matowe, PtD chair.

He added, “Some of the very latest research will be presented by speakers that will not fail to inspire you. We’ve integrated panel discussions and presentations with interactive workshops, the Open café and poster presentations, making sure there are plenty of opportunities for lively discussions.”

Zambia’s minister of health, Sylvia Masebo, will open the event in front of over 200 delegates from governments, public and private sector organisations, and donor and multilateral organisations.

This will be followed by a panel discussion, which will involve the Zambian minister, on the policy and legal frameworks needed to develop an enabling environment for HR for supply chains.

There will also be a panel discussion on donor and private sector engagement featuring speakers from the Global Fund, USAID, ASCM and drone logistics company Swoop Aero, as well as one centred on young supply chain professionals entitled: ‘The future of HR for SCM: perspectives of new professionals.’

The bulk of the agenda is dedicated to breakout sessions, which will highlight promising practises in HR for SCM. During these, participants will be able to choose between three parallel sets of presentations, each focused on one of the pathways.

On day one the Open café will take place: a participatory event designed to stimulate conversation among participants in line with pre-selected themes.

Day two will turn to workshops – on pharmaceutical systems strengthening and advocating at the local level – as well as a panel discussion on STEP 2.0 (The strategic training executive programme) and its potential to enhance the leadership capabilities of supply chain managers in Africa.

That’s not all though; the Global Indaba will be sandwiched by workshops: on 11 October the Association for supply chain management (ASCM) will host a workshop with an eye on supply chain sustainability and maturity, while the Global Fund and the Africa Resource Centre (ARC) will host a workshop on better leveraging donor investments in supply chain management. On 14 October Johnson & Johnson, alongside the Empower School of Health, will invite participants to focus on women in supply chain leadership. 

Register for the Global Indaba here.

The Global Indaba is organised by People that Deliver with the support of its coalition members, in particular the International Association of Public Health Logisticians (IAPHL), Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Pharmaceutical Systems Africa and SAPICS.

The Association for Supply Chain Management, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria, the Partnership for Improving supply Chain Management in Africa, Chemonics and VillageReach have all been announced as sponsors of the Global Indaba.