Introduction to the Local Procurement Learning Partnership

A session by George Fenton
Humanitarian Logistics Association, Humanitarian Logistics Association

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Speakers:

George Fenton & Claire Travers

Description

The HLA is proud to host a new learning partnership, with the objective to improve the timely, relevant ,and efficient use of local procurement in humanitarian response and resiliency building activities.

The session will introduce the Local Procurement Learning Partnership, and will include a facilitated discussion of the partnership's Framework for Activities in which speakers will tease out the key challenges, opportunities and trends which have influenced our thinking.

The session will give information on how attendees can find out more about the partnership, and ways that attendees can input into the Framework before its finalisation.

Expected Outcome:

To introduce participants to the creation of a new partnership, ‘Local Procurement Leadership’ (LPLP) that would work towards disintermediation and enable aid agencies and pooled procurement mechanisms to more easily procure from local suppliers.

The session will discuss advances in local supplier and manufacturer capabilities and the trend in open- source hardware in the last 5 years that makes it easier for [procurement] standards to increase globally.

The aims of the partnership would be to ‘level the playing field’ and open up the opportunity for engagement and mutual learning.

George Fenton

Mr Fenton has many years of experience working with both the aid and private sectors, in the fields of emergency preparedness, response and logistics, including digital cash transfers and market-based interventions.

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