Action items for next call
Action Items from November Governance
- Rebecca Alban to coordinate vote for creation of partnership working group
- Rebecca Alban to follow up on eSwatini opportunity
- Lindabeth Doby, Brandon Bowersox-Johnson, Ashraf and Carl Leitner to have a side conversation around Global Fund and convincing them that GDSN has benefits for them
- (TBD) Area we need to keep talking about: how do we keep growing our sales channels? We lack local
- (TBD) We need to articulate language around getting existing implementations to pay into the core: Carl suggests we having 'support contracts' built into our proposals; any unused of that retainer rolls into core software support. This could be palatable for countries because they are getting something out of it. Ashraf suggests we automatically entitled to future upgrades without paying anything extra
Introductions and Call opening (5 min)
Review agenda and objectives for this call
|Study Tour update (5 min)||Rebecca (possibly Gaurav)|
Debrief about recent Cameroon Study Tour to Malawi- successful tour and discussions for CHAI to support a pilot are ongoing. Plan to start prepping for pilot (requirements gathering and advocacy with other national stakeholders) in Q1 & Q2 of 2020
Senegal tour approved and on track for early 2020; after this we will need to do expenditure analysis to see if sufficient funds remain for a 3rd visit
Vaccines were driving the need for the focus on supply chain in Cameroon; UNFPA is interested as well as Global Fund
|Opportunity updates (5-10 min)||Rebecca|
Philippines- any news on Phillipines RFP? (JSI attended expo and were waiting for it to drop)
Yemen WFP- WFP contacted us via Info@ to gauge our interest in an implementation of a commodities tracking system to use in Yemen for their supplies and medicines. Partners JSI, SolDevelo and VillageReach expressed interest in exploring this and held an introductory call on Nov 20th to learn more about their requirements, timeline and interest. They plan to issue an RFP asap
(Brandon) *opportunities in the pipeline- need clear language on this idea of existing implementations paying in for moving forward; need to flag that we need to prioritize this effort; jointly come up with mechanism; don't want this to appear to be a taxing burdeon on implementations; need to showcase benefits of this.
(Carl) Potential language that we could use is to look at having 'support contracts' built into our proposals; any unused of that retainer rolls into core software support. This could be pallatable for countries because they are getting something out of it. Ashraf agrees this is a good idea.
(Ashraf) could say they would be automatically entitled to future upgrades without paying anything extra
(Wes) Wasn't sure how to approach an opportunity with a new customer coming online who might want new features. Want to create a consistent and compelling message to share with future partners. Do we have the mandate/means to continue to evolve OpenLMIS beyond basic maintenance
eSwatini- any updates on this RFI from PSM?
(Ashraf): Parambir says the country office does not intend to issue an RFP on this one. Rebecca can reach out to Parambir or Pardon on this one
Uzbekistan- Proposed vaccine logistics system by UN. Why didn't people go for this one?
-(Ashraf): language was a barrier for this opportunity; did not have Russian speakers or partners to work with. They also wanted procurement planning and forecasting for vaccines. Without a local partner to bridge those gaps it was not worth going for
Global Fund planning- workplans are due in March for next round of funding (3 years)
-Have folks been contacted about wanting to integrate OpenLMIS into plans for the next 3 years? How can we support you all to support countries with these conversations?
-Here are some materials you can point interested countries to:
other resources here: OpenLMIS Marketing Materials
Updates from PCMT, GDHF and/or Global Goods meeting in DC
Global Goods meeting: presented to donors a Roadmap of investments from Digital Square; articulate framing around UHC as a way to unlock resources; can link to health insurance space as a way to achieve UHC; can look at claims data as a way to link to supply chain
Donors: Gates, CDC, World Bank, Unicef, USAID
PCMT workshop: folks from GS1 and many other digital health stakeholders, country delegations from Ethiopia, Rwanda, Malawi, Ghana.
Country priorities were identified. Ethiopia and Rwanda are actively pursuing product catalog.
(Lindabeth); spoke with Matthew Cartoe who works on traceability at The Global Fund at traceability meeting last week; they still don't see the benefit for the GDSN themselves; they will tell their PSAs exactly what they need to buy and are not in sync with how they could exchange data with these national product catalogs. How can we convince them that this is important? Brandon Bowersox-Johnson is interested in speaking more to Lindabeth more about how this helps the Global Fund. Carl Leitner can help with this too →need a seperate side meeting for this. Ashraf is also interested in being part of this conversation
|Resonance Global Deliverables (2 min)||Rebecca|
Resonance's contract is finished; their work is complete.
Anyone can view the full catalog of all their deliverables from the past year here on the wiki
divided their work in 3 areas: market research, business models, and transition planning
Future plans to share this work: Global Goods webinar in late January
|Community Meeting recap/discussion|
Main takeaways from meeting: (Details and outputs from sessions are summarized on the OpenLMIS Community Meeting wiki page)
Next steps for us as a community:
Based on agreement at the OpenLMIS Community Meeting in November 2019, these are the areas for exploration:
For discussion: mechanics of approaching new partnership
-How do we move from ideas to action? Propose a small focused group to lead charge assessing new partners and negotiating terms (ie: a 'working group' or 'sub-committee') and empower them to make decisions on behalf of the community to make sure we can move quickly
-need a governance vote to create a working group to operationalize the our business plan over the next 6 months (non-votes don't count, need 2/3 majority)
Propose: Rebecca Alban to send an email to vote on the establishment of the committee itself. A seperate process to determine who is on the committee (could be formal or informal; might be based on interest). The email can also solicit votes for the formation of the committee, and also solicit who is interested in being a delegate from each organization
Conferences and Meetings
Conferences provide the community the opportunity for OpenLMIS members to speak or represent the OpenLMIS software and community in public forum.
Upcoming Conferences for 2020 (let's add them here!)
There is interest in a Digital Square maintained Calendar of Events. So we might link with that calendar in the future
Definitions to use shared terminology:
Country implementation opportunities:
|Community and Product Updates|
ATTENDANCE: Rebecca Alban, Carl Leitner, Ashraf, Brandon Bowersox-Johnson, Josh Zamor, Kelly Hamblin, Lindabeth Doby, Mattias Wiklund (Unlicensed), Sierra Petrosky, Wesley Brown, Emily Clayton, Gaurav Bhattacharya
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