NEC focuses efforts on leveraging digital technologies to help solve supply chain visibility issues
SANT ‘ANTONIO, February 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — As the number of urgent humanitarian challenges grows, there is a clear need for more funding and resources to address crises such as natural disasters, climate change, civil strife and economic insecurity. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), millions of people are in need of humanitarian assistance, including food, clean water, shelter, medicine and protection. Despite continued increases in total global aid funding, demand far outstrips supply. A 14% reduction in funding between 2019 and 2020 underscores the importance of ensuring efficiency and minimizing waste in aid response operations. Without an adequate aid supply chain, aid providers will face ongoing challenges in delivering adequate and timely assistance to those who need it most.
The impact of unresolved challenges to efficient aid delivery stands out in responses to pandemics and natural disasters where aid delivery is imperative to saving lives. In emergency humanitarian aid programs, supply chain blind spots and uncoordinated response plans often disrupt aid delivery, making it difficult for aid providers to identify potential or existing problems that require rectification. Along the aid supply chain, issues such as insufficient storage capacity, duplicate distribution, inability to track deliveries, and lack of representation from local stakeholders all stem from a general lack of visibility.
“Increasing local representation during the planning phase of aid delivery is closely linked to overall improved visibility throughout the supply chain, which enables suppliers to minimize waste and maximize utility for beneficiaries Ultimately, effective aid delivery programs require properly coordinated efforts supported by clear communication between all stakeholders,” he noted Niihara Tetsuya, GC Director at Frost & Sullivan. “Moreover, aid recipients must have a channel through which they can express their needs and concerns, while consistent reporting ensures effective use and proper distribution of resources to the right recipients at the right time and in the right quantities to safeguard health coverage for all”.
NEC recognizes the many issues that different stakeholders face. It continues to enhance its efforts to provide greater visibility into supply chains through:
Dialogue with the various stakeholders in the supply chain and with partners in the field.
Collect and analyze more empirical data and provide predictions with greater accuracy using artificial intelligence (AI)-driven data analysis and other technologies.
Provide intuitive and unified management dashboards to improve coordination efforts and increase local stakeholder engagement.
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Mary Celeste Bailo
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