In the light of the evolving post-COVID challenges, the IIM Kozhikode (Indian Institute Of Management) and HELP Logistics, based in Switzerland, have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to participate in strategic collaboration and provide consultancy and logistics training services. The MoU will be in effect for one year and will aim to carry out initiatives that combine efforts to form supply chains that support humanity, in the midst of global instability arising from natural and man-made turmoil.
The collaboration between IIM Kozhikode and HELP Logistics, a registered non-profit organization and an affiliate of the Kühne Foundation, Schindellegi, Switzerland, aims to develop humanitarian logistics in India and the region by providing advisory and logistics support to prominent actors in a humanitarian crisis — agencies of the United Nations, governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations.
Announcing the cross-continental tie-up with the European organisation, Prof Debashis Chatterjee, Director IIM Kozhikode, said “This association will not only expand our network in the calamity-prone vulnerable South Asian regions but will also greatly enhance the capability of stakeholders to effectively provide humanitarian logistics capacity in these unprecedented times. In its wider effort to make humanitarian organisations and actors efficient, this collaboration will transfer experience and knowledge through advocating the best practices and recent trends in the domain of operations and supply chain management.”
Mr Jason Connolly, Regional Director, HELP Logistics Asia, shared “The MoU signifies an important step for both organisations to leverage each other’s strengths, knowledge, best practices and expertise in the humanitarian logistics sector. We hope that this collaboration will benefit both HELP and IIM Kozhikode to deepen our understanding of supply chain challenges in humanitarian operations. Through our partnership with IIMK, we look forward to providing a best-in-class supply chain and logistics support to enhance the capacity of humanitarian actors in South Asia.”
The collaboration, which also incorporates financial support, aims at enhancing regional knowledge on humanitarian logistics issues and fostering awareness throughout humanitarian agencies, government agencies, academia and the private sector on the topic. The MoU shall seek to accomplish the following goals jointly:
The expertise of IIM Kozhikode and the experience of HELP Logistics would be used to develop new products, such as, learning programmes, games, optimisation models, and so on, in the domain of Humanitarian Supply Chain (HSC) to assist the clients of HELP Logistics to improve their processes and make their humanitarian operations more efficient and effective.
IIM Kozhikode and HELP Logistics would offer high-quality learning and training programmes to the practitioners in the HSC across all levels (operational, tactical and strategic) on diverse topics related to HSC.
Collaboration and outreach
IIMK and HELP Logistics would jointly carry out research in the field of HSC to create new knowledge through surveys, case studies/action research and present the same in seminars academic conferences and trade shows.
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