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South Africa – Communications and Business Strategy Adviser Supporting the South African Supplier Diversity Council (SASDC) Project

Through the Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program (EMDAP), VEGA Member the Institute of International Education (IIE) is providing support to USAID and its partners.
  • Program Snapshot

  • Country: South Africa
  • Award Value: $91,586
  • VEGA Lead Member: Institute of International Education (IIE)
  • Objective: To support the development and implementation of E-communications and business development strategy, develop brand awareness, generate inbound electronic traffic and encourage membership and certification, and facilitate business linkages with the growing pool of members/suppliers in the South African Supplier Diversity Council (SASDC).
  • Volunteers: 1
  • Theme: Local Capacity Development
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Shalane Yuen, EMDAP Adviser in South Africa

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Ms. Yuen at the Barloworld’s Supplier Development Workshop with SASDC colleagues and members - April 2014

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SASDC‘s primary goal is to promote supplier diversity by encouraging, supporting and assisting its member corporations to open up business opportunities and progressively increase the transactions with certified black-owned businesses, and is affiliated with a global network of five supplier diversity councils. This global network is comprised of the Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council (AIMSC), Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC), Minority Supplier Development China, Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK) and the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) in the USA.

The current 2013-14 Adviser, Ms. Shalane Yuen, assists with the development and implementation of the SASDC E-communications and business development strategy, developing brand awareness, generating inbound electronic traffic and encouraging membership and certification, and facilitate business linkages with the growing pool of members/suppliers. Her role coordinates with the internal operational teams to support their respective missions, ensuring consistency in voice and cultivating an effective communications/business environment and referral network.

Ms. Yuen also will support members with best practice knowledge and reference materials on supplier diversity and supplier development. She will do research on the business stock of South African black suppliers in the key sectors that are of interest to members to provide intelligence on where there is good potential and where there are gaps that could be addressed.