Today, International Procurement Agency can look back on 40 years of history serving as a reliable partner to clients in an global developing world, delivering food, shelter and emergency supplies to victims of natural disasters, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to patients in need, infrastructure to war torn areas to support logistics, warehousing and distribution of essential commodities and provide procurement and supply chain expertise supporting Governance, strengthen peace and stability, human rights and protection and providing access to justice.
IPA is providing professional procurement experience in the broadest sense of the word; from assessment of needs and writing of specifications to sourcing, tendering, buying, packing and shipping the widest variety of goods to recipients in all parts of the developing world. IPA has been involved in procurement assessments and audits, acted as supply chain managers and managing essential projects in a local, regional and international environment.
Over the past 40 years IPA has responded to earthquakes, flooding, tsunamis, conflict disasters and pandemics. We are proud to have been part of the emergency response and rebuilding after the 2001 earthquake in India (Gujarat), the Tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004, the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013, the Ebola outbreak in 2014 in West-Africa and most recently the Covid-19 Pandemic. We are flexible, we are agile and we rise to the occasion every single time.
During these challenging times are services continue as ‘normal’, during all these emergencies we have continued our work as a procurement service provider. We are supporting the Health System in South Sudan for the last 7 consecutive years and have been of service to many NGO’s and Government organisations. We even have set up a pre-positioning project in East-Africa, in cooperation with one of the leading INGO’s, to be able to respond immediately to regional disasters. Already since 2009 IPA has had a regional office in Uganda and since 2012 we have a local presence in Juba, South Sudan. Our offices in East-Africa serve many clients, sometimes independently and sometimes in close cooperation with our head office in The Netherlands.
This past few months have been extremely challenging with regards to the Covid-19 Pandemic. So much work to be done while being subject to lockdowns and other kind of restrictions. Only in the past few weeks we’ve been slowly getting back to the office and be physically in the same room. We’ve however managed to stay in close contact as a team and have worked in our usual flexible manners to get the work done.
With a team of highly motivated professionals we look forward to the next 40 years and more of IPA! We will celebrate this special occasion in style with the team respecting the current Covid-19 restriction but trust (and hope) being able to celebrate our 50th anniversary ‘old school’ extravaganza!