With just a week to go before the inaugural Global Indaba – the first conference to focus on human resources (HR) for supply chain management (SCM) in Africa – we pick out some of the highlights from a packed programme.
The theme of the event is human resources for supply chain management: the missing link to maximising supply chain performance.
On day one, Wednesday 12 October, after Zambia’s minister of health, Sylvia Masebo, opens the event in front of over 200 delegates she will be joined by Abdulkedir Gelgelo Boru from the Ethiopian Pharmaceuticals Supply Agency and Terry Ramadhani from the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority in a panel discussion centring on Enhancing political will and building an enabling environment for robust human resources for supply chain management at country and regional level.
Following the morning’s breakout sessions – which will feature presentations grouped along the four pathways of the PtD Theory of Change: skills, staffing, motivation and working conditions – participants will unleash their inner extroverts at the Open Café. After a series of brief presentations, participants will discuss and contemplate challenges and solutions in the world of human resources for supply chain management.
Two more keynote panel discussions will take place on Thursday 13 October: in the morning speakers from USAID, the Global Fund, ASCM and drone company Swoop Aero will discuss the role of donors and the private sector in improving human resources for supply chains, while in the afternoon representatives from the Zambia Medicines and Medical Supplies Agency, Open SRP Project, the Ministry of Health and Child Care in Zimbabwe and IAPHL Pakistan will contemplate the future of HR for SCM in Perspectives of new entrants into the profession.
On the same day participants will be treated to the Global Indaba’s answer to Ted talks: the Indaba Impulse talks, as they’ll hear from Ed Monchen from i+solutions, Kiersten DeHaven from Kasha and Kofi Nyame from MSH.
In the afternoon meanwhile, guests will choose between the panel discussion (in French and English): STEP 2.0: Three varying contexts and two workshops: Advocating at the local level and Pharmaceutical systems strengthening.
The Global Indaba will be bookended by two workshops, one held by ASCM on supply chain sustainability and maturity on Tuesday 11 October, and one by Johnson & Johnson on women in supply chain leadership to be held on Friday 14 October. In addition to these workshops, the Global Fund is hosting a CEO forum on 11 October to allow invited participants – largely in-country supply chain leaders and donors – to exchange experiences.
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.