Friday, December 31, 2004

Supply overdose - what next?

My IIT batchmate, Sriram (a.k.a. SKD), from an NGO called Akanksha, called me up last night to let me know that he's organizing some supplies for rehabilitation for the Tsunami-affected people of coastal south india. He also mentioned that he's networking with other friends to see if all efforts can be aggregated so that relief and rehabilitation has a larger reach. At such times, I guess all these people will face lot of challenge in order to avoid duplicating efforts - leading to supply side excess. Also, it must be interesting to see how they handle the field efforts - ensuring that the stuff reaches the people, rather than just arriving at some collection points. And, it is definitely the 'last mile effort' that will help these initiatives.