UNICEF: 2013 Supply Annual Report
June 2014 88 pages
In 2013, UNICEF procured over $2.8 billion in supplies and services. UNICEF’s work in monitoring the procurement of supplies, their quality, and timeliness in their delivery is
critical to ensuring the right supplies are available when children need them, wherever they are.
At the heart of UNICEF’s supply and logistics strategies is the goal of reaching the most disadvantaged and excluded children. In 2013, an opportunity for reflection, planning and consolidation has allowed the supply function to position itself to support the achievement of equity as highlighted in UNICEF’s Strategic Plan for 2014 – 2017.
A major expression of this commitment was reflected in the innovation, procurement and delivery strategies that underpinned UNICEF’s $2.8 billion expenditure on supplies supporting the health, education and protection of children in over 130 countries.
The needs of children were the focus of UNICEF’s immediate and large-scale supply response in emergencies. The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the intensified conflicts in the Central African Republic and South Sudan, and the prolonged suffering of Syrian children across several countries in the region, made plain the tragic consequences of humanitarian crises. Where children and families were caught in armed conflict, the re-emergence of polio, increasing child malnutrition and an absence of functioning schools highlighted a generation’s urgent need for emergency supplies to support programme interventions.
Work continued in supply chain strengthening and long-term capacity development with governments to help ensure that, day in and day out, children have access to essential supplies. UNICEF welcomed delegations from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, and Nigeria to identify supply chain bottlenecks and develop solutions to improve the performance of immunization and health supply systems. The missions resulted in action plans targeting key segments of supply chains with performance improvements.
As a catalyst of achieving greater impact for children, monitoring supply chains is an evolving endeavour. UNICEF’s focus on lowering cost and improving performance capitalises on advances in technology, wider network coverage and greater use of mobile devices. UNICEF’s deepening expertise with its recently implemented Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is improving the scope, timeliness and quality of data that supports analyses of processes and outcomes, and builds the evidence base for taking corrective and preventive action. These developments are enabling UNICEF and partners to create supply chain information networks that are more visible and efficient, and more inclusive of feedback from people who use UNICEF supplies…