6 ways one procurement company navigates the complexities of South Sudan

A road in Juba, South Sudan. Photo by: UNMISS / CC BY-NC-ND

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From pirate ships to iPhones: What it takes to ‘get things’ into complex environments

Risks riddle the supply chain in South Sudan, with rigorous customs clearances, volatile security on major import routes and an overall harsh operating environment. Devex caught up with several logistics experts navigating this challenging procurement context to find out what it takes to get goods into South Sudan.  

Devex spoke with country director Wilhelm Du Toit and owner Roy Shaposhnik about what it takes to bypass the red tape, gain trust, and speak with officials in order to bring items such as armored cars, life vests, and office and communication equipment into one of the most dynamic and complex environments in the world.

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    Sam Mednick

    Sam is a Devex Contributor based in South Sudan. Over the past 12 years she’s reported on conflict, post-conflict, and development stories from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe. Her work has appeared in Devex, the Associated Press, VICE, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, and The New Humanitarian, among others. Sam also produces and hosts the Happiness at Work Podcast, interviewing authors, speakers and thought leaders about what it takes to live productive and fulfilling lives.