UNICEF SOMALIA SUPPLY CHAIN REVIEW

Somalia 2013

THREE PERSON GEG TEAM CONDUCTED A COMPREHENSIVE SUPPLY CHAIN ASSESSMENT FOR UNICEF SOMALIA

Background: In 2012, the UNICEF combined supply plan was at the level of USD 30 million, with programming divided approximately as Nutrition 46%, Health 29%, WASH 15% and Education 7%. Logistical challenges were difficult with poor transport infrastructure, high inland transportation costs, port congestion and customs transit formalities through third country, as well as limited access to roads through Kenya due to the volatile security situation in Somalia and difficult road access during rainy seasons. The complex logistical challenges were also reflected through the number of storage locations managed by UNICEF, which included Mogadishu, Baidoa, Galkayo, Bossaso, Berbera and Hargeisa inside Somalia with main transit storage facilities in Nairobi and Mombasa. The 2012 end-of-year supply inventory of all Somalia controlled warehouses was valued at approximately USD 25 million and in-country logistics costs at USD 20 million.

Requirement: An independent and rigorous assessment of the UNICEF Somalia supply chain. The assessment would assist UNICEF Somalia in ensuring a more effective distribution of essential supplies to vulnerable children and women in Somalia under immensely complex logistical challenges.

GEG Contribution: From August – November 2013, the GEG assessment team worked with UNICEF staff to identify the key issues and challenges in the supply chain and made recommendations (both strategic and tactical) to inform the eventual optimization of UNICEF Somalia’s supply chain and logistics. The findings of this assessment were based on seven location visits in Somalia (of a total of eight UNICEF office sites),  interviews with 158 key informants and visits to 10 UNICEF warehouses and 5 cold chains storage areas in both Kenya and Somalia.

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