The Interagency Supply Chain Group (ISG) was established in 2014 to provide better coordinated and more effective support to country efforts in ensuring sustainable access to high quality essential health commodities. The group comprises 15 global agencies actively involved in supporting supply chain efforts across all disease areas: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, DFID, Global Affairs Canada, the Global Drug Facility, KfW, the Global Fund, Gavi, NORAD, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, USAID, World Bank, the World Food Programme and the World Health Organisation.
The ISG meets quarterly to address priority issues, with technical working groups established for specific focus areas. This includes opportunities to strengthen collaboration at the country level, and leverage institutional support around key technical issues.
Over the past two years, the ISG has developed a joint vision statement, and agreed to focus on in-country supply chain as a priority, with efforts to coordinate inter-agency supply chain work in both Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The group is supporting a World Bank knowledge product that compares the relative performance of supply chain models in low income countries. It also collaborates around the issue of human resources for supply chain.