Supply Chain Expenditures and Preparedness Investment Opportunities in the Humanitarian Context

This article presents the key message that the supply chain bears tremendous potential to make aid more efficient and effective.

We are currently facing a number of complex challenges in our sector, which are being exacerbated by the growing funding gap for humanitarian programming. Globally, 40 per cent of appeals coordinated through the United Nations remain unmet. In an effort to address this, the international humanitarian community gathered in May 2016 at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul where a new ‘Agenda for Humanity’ was shared with the purpose of achieving “better, safer and more efficient aid”.

A key element of this is finding efficient (cost-saving) and effective (time-saving) investment and operating approaches to humanitarian programming. In preparation for the World Humanitarian Summit, the Global Logistics Cluster together with Kuehne Logistics University, HELP Logistics and a number of INGOs including Action Against Hunger, published the paper titled ‘Delivering in a Moving World’. This paper focused on the importance of logistics and supply chain management for efficient and effective humanitarian operations, discussed the current challenges and provided recommendations for overcoming them.


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Section: Learning

Thematic Area: Emergency Response Logistics Resource Mobilisation

Location: Global

Type: Article

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Year Published: 2017
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