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UN Reform and Partnerships

UN Reform is seen as an opportunity to procure supplies for children and their families faster, better and at an affordable cost. By consolidating their procurement, UN agencies are able to use the additional leverage of very large procurement, allowing them to better negotiate prices collectively. Supply Division regularly shares LTAs with other agencies. This initiative should improve UNICEF’s response time, and eventually push prices down.

Nearly half of Supply Division’s procurement is done on behalf of external partners. This is done through the Procurement Services strategy, which served approximately 400 customers, composed of governments, NGOs, UN agencies, academic institutions and philanthropic organizations in 2005.

Supply Division’s procurement on behalf of GAVI amounted to approximately $130 million in 2005. During emergencies, both at field and headquarter levels, UNICEF works closely with the World Food Programme, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the United Nations Joint Logistics Centre (UNJLC) on shipping, logistics and distribution.

In addition, the UNICEF/UNOPS Framework Agreement for Procurement services signed in January 2005 has been used extensively to provide services to a number of government and development partners (e.g. Madagascar). WHO and UNFPA in particular are strong partners on immunization, medicines, malaria and HIV/AIDS.

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MADAGASCAR- Esperance and Sambata (centre) and their friends smile as they show the school bags they received at the beginning of the school year in 2004. Bags also contain education supplies and were procured by UNICEF on behalf of Ministry of Education.

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Procurement Services for partners