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Multi-Sector Partnerships

In coping with large scale disaster response programs or ongoing development programs, multi-sector partnerships are often in a better position to provide solutions than organisations acting individually. Some examples of this include the TNT/ WFP "Moving the World" partnership, North Star Foundation or Medicines for Malaria Venture. HRG studies the evolution of these partnerships from the planning to implementation stages. Our goal is to examine these partnerships transferrable best practices, and provide solutions to key issues that they face.

Consider the example of Aid Matrix and Campbell Soup. In the aftermath of a disaster, knowing how, when and what to donate can prove challenging to private sector organisations such as Campbell’s Soup. After hurricane Katrina, Campbell’s donations were ad hoc. However, this sparked a reflection within the company as to how to deal with more long-term/ cyclical donations for non-commercial stakeholders (like NGOs) in societies that have a link to their business. Campbell and Aid Matrix, an NGO specialized in relief supply chain management, established contact to improve the donation process. Their objective is to optimize the company’s donation process to keep cost low. In coordinating donations to the humanitarian sector, Aid Matrix must deal with issues such as: lack of visibility of available supply to be used for donations, timely needs demanding accuracy and execution, keeping the cost of donations low, maintaining a product mix (nutritional balance), and reporting to donors.

HRG examines the challenges in the relation between Campbell and Aid Matrix. We are particularly focused on production planning and inventory management. Some of the key issues include: matching demand and production, keeping production cost down, dealing with perishable goods, calculating the cost of donations, and assessing the benefits of the donations.

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