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Development‐Aid Supply Chains for Economic Development and Post‐Disaster Recovery

Sodhi, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-2031-4387 & Knuckles, J. (2021). Development‐Aid Supply Chains for Economic Development and Post‐Disaster Recovery. Production and Operations Management, 30(12), pp. 4412-4434. doi: 10.1111/poms.13489


This paper seeks to conceptualize supply chains that use funding from large donors or governments for long-term recovery following a disaster, or more generally, for economic development in a region. We call these development-aid supply chains (DASC) distinct from commercial or humanitarian supply chains. With little available formally on DASCs in the literature, we carried out a field study across five solar-lantern supply chains in Haiti set up for recovery following themassive2010 earthquake. Stakeholder Resource-Based View allowed us to use stakeholder theory, utility theory, and the resource-based view in analysing how these supply chains work. We observed how donor cash in these supply chains brings together global original equipment manufacturers; national-level distributors; impact investors; microfinance institutions; retailers; and microentrepreneurs. Many of these entities are social enterprises that bridge development-minded donors with commercially oriented retailers and micro entrepreneurs. The result of these bridging efforts is the flow of goods, cash, and social impact data. Our conceptual model flags the problem that donor funding, while crucial for reducing deprivation in the short term, may increase the dependence on aid rather than reduce it.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution- NonCommercial- NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made. Published by Wiley.
Publisher Keywords: Supply chain; economic development; social enterprise; poverty alleviation; Stakeholder Resource-Based View; humanitarian disaster recovery
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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