But what are we doing down there? Stories and articles from the Logistics Cluster activities
Nov 19, 2013
The Logistics Cluster is supporting the humanitarian community in their efforts to deliver relief items to affected populations in the Philippines and has been conducting assessments throughout the country.
Last week the Logistics Cluster visited the coordination hub at the Roxas humanitarian operations centre, on Panay Island, to conduct a Joint Rapid Assessment. 15 organisations are currently operating from there. The centre is situated in a strategic location close to the airport and was generously provided to the humanitarian community by the government of the Philippines.
Roxas is also currently one of the main hubs for humanitarian and Civil-Military coordination where the Philippines and Canadian Military are providing invaluable support to the logistics response of the humanitarian community.
The infrastructure of Roxas was badly damaged by Typhoon Yolanda and the lack of electricity is an issue on the whole island. However, the road network is viable and the airport at Iloilo is operational. The Logistics Cluster team assessed the potential needs of the humanitarian community for air and sea transport to Panay Island, inland transport and storage, and logistics coordination and information.
For more information please refer to the Assessment report available here.
For more photos taken in Roxas, please see our Facebook Album.
Nov 18, 2013
From 30th October to 3rd November 2013, the Logistics Cluster held its Induction Training at the Technisches Hilfswerk (THW) Bundesschule in Neuhausen, Germany. The Induction Training was generously hosted by THW and supported by the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt).
The Induction Training was conducted over four days and took the form of a desktop emergency simulation; the overall objective of this Induction Training was to educate our humanitarian partners in the role and function of the Logistics Cluster, and its responsibilities at both the Global and Field levels. Our participants hailed from 16 NGOs and Standby-Partner organisations around the globe, including: THW, IOM, IFRC, Solidarités, World Vision, Irish Aid, Medair, Welthungerhilfe, MSB, ACF Spain and DEZA.
The Induction Training set three primary goals:
- For participants to understand the mandate and scope of the Logistics Cluster as a service provision entity;
- For participants to realise the functionality of the Logistics Cluster in an emergency context;
- For participants to acquire knowledge of the key tools used by the Logistics Cluster - (the Website, the Logistics Capacity Assessments (LCAs), the Relief Item Tracking Application (RITA) and the Logistics Operational Guide (LOG).
In response to the devastating Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which ravaged the Philippines on 8th November 2013, the Logistics Cluster has already been coordinating with the recently trained representatives of THW, ACF Spain, Solidarités and World Vision. Please refer to our Philippines Operation Page for updates on the Logistics Cluster Response.
The benefits of this Induction Training are immeasurable: it not only encourages collaboration among logistics professionals in both an emergency and non-emergency context but it gives participants the tools to strengthen this collaboration and partnership.
Please see our Facebook Album for more photos from the Induction Training.
Nov 14, 2013
The Syria Logistics Cluster has purchased 20 trucks for its invaluable implementing partner, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). Each truck has a capacity of approximately 8-10 metric tons of humanitarian cargo, and will be loaded by the SARC in their own warehouses for direct dispatch and delivery of life-saving items to the most vulnerable populations in the country.
The 20 trucks departed from Beirut Port, and after completing transport arrangements and customs clearance, were driven across the border with Lebanon, and onwards into Syria. On their arrival in Syria, on 12 November 2013, the trucks were handed over to SARC for loading.
The constantly deteriorating situation in Syria has severely limited the availability of commercial transporters. The donation of these trucks will enhance the SARC’s capacity to respond to those in need, allowing them to fill logistics gaps where transport by private companies is not possible.
Spare parts for these trucks have been also provided by the Logistics Cluster for the long-term upkeep and maintenance of each separate vehicle, ensuring the continuity of future deliveries.
Photo: Céline Bracq, Logistics Cluster, Beirut, Lebanon
Nov 04, 2013
On 9th and 10th October 2013, the Logistics Cluster held its second Global Meeting of 2013, generously hosted by the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt).
The Global Logistics Cluster Meetings (GLMs) are held twice a year, and bring together senior logisticians from humanitarian organisations at the global level. These meetings provide an opportunity to discuss recent Logistics Cluster operations, collect feedback from partner organisations on Logistics Cluster performance, present new initiatives and projects relevant to the field of humanitarian logistics, and since the Nairobi meeting of 2010 they have also served as a forum for strategic discussion concerning the further development of the Logistics Cluster.
The main objectives of the Global Meeting in Berlin were divided into two categories, strategic and operational.
Strategic objectives included: to confirm which Projects from the 3-year Strategy are to be undertaken in 2014 and to provide an update on the Projects currently in development - Logistics Capacity Assessments (LCAs), Relief Item Tracking Application (RITA), Lessons Learned (missions to Mozambique and Yemen), and the redesign of the Logistics Cluster Website.
Operational objectives included: to establish a clearer picture of key events and developments in Afghanistan in 2014 and to identify any logistics information and coordination gaps. On the second day, a panel discussion with three experts on Afghanistan was held; discussions focused on the impact that events in Afghanistan will have on the humanitarian logistics community in 2014.
The GLCSC would like to thank all participating organisations, particularly the German Federal Foreign Office for their generosity and to THW for their unceasing support of the Logistics Cluster.
To read about the recent Global Meeting in detail, please refer to the Note for the Record
For more photos, please see our Facebook album
Oct 25, 2013
We, the Logistics Cluster, are proud to present our new logo.
This logo is the brainchild of months of hard work to try and capture the true essence of
the Logistics Cluster.
The symbol, a stylized combination of an L and C, evokes a sense of movement, direction and energy. The dark red tone alludes to emergency and disaster response, signifying the work of the Logistics Cluster in humanitarian crises.
Moreover, the three components to the symbol represent our three pillars of service provision – Coordination, Information Management and Common Logistics Services.
And the best part? It can easily be painted on Mobile Storage Units (MSUs), trucks, helicopters
– you name it.
But most importantly - its resilient, identifiable style epitomises our commitment to ensuring predictable leadership, partnership with other humanitarian actors, and that an efficient an effective response takes place in each and every emergency.
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Sep 26, 2013
DISTRICT DU BAS-UELE, PROVINCE ORIENTALE, REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO : PU-AMI a le plaisir de vous informer de la remise en service du bac entre Ango et Digba sur la rivière Uélé.
L’utilisation du bac avait été interrompue le 27 septembre 2012, en raison de sa vétusté et du risque d’accidents qu’il représentait.
Le bac, réhabilité depuis le 15 août 2013, permet à nouveau aux camions de 15 tonnes et aux personnes de circuler entre Ango et Digba. Un équipage formé à l’utilisation et à l’entretien de l’embarcation (équipée d’un moteur de 35 CV), assure la traversée en moins de 10 minutes entre les quais construits de chaque côté des rives nouvellement aménagées. Ces importants travaux de réhabilitation, financés par le Pooled Fund RDC, permettent ainsi l’acheminement de l’aide humanitaire et le soutien au développement économique et commercial dans la zone Ango-Gwane.
Le succès de ce chantier a été rendu possible grâce à la collaboration technique de l’Office des Routes, à la confiance des autorités politiques et administratives du district, ainsi qu’à celle de la population d’Ango qui s’est directement investie dans le projet (plus de 250 travailleurs journaliers ont été recrutés pour réaliser les travaux).
Le bac est le moyen le plus courant et le plus simple pour traverser les larges rivières et les fleuves. La réalisation d’autres projets de ce type est donc essentielle pour assurer le développement d’une région et permettre de subvenir aux besoins des populations.
PU-AMI avec le soutien du Pooled fund s’engage en Province Orientale pour maintenir des interventions prioritaires et réaliser des projets de qualité.
Bac avant la réhabilitation
Bac après la réhabilitation
Jul 31, 2013
The 26th of July 2013 marked the completion of 15 Mobile Storage Units (MSUs) at the WFP compound in Safita, Syria. The Logistics Cluster has secured six MSUs in this compound (a space of approximately 2000 m2) for inter-agency usage. Safita storage facility is strategically located between the Port of Tartous and the city of Homs. It makes up a vast area of 11,500m2, 4740m2 of which had been allocated for the 15 MSUs. The Logistics Cluster will formally notify partners as soon as storage space is available, and also has the capacity to provide additional space should partners’ request this in the future.
The construction was supervised and coordinated by the Syria Logistics Cluster Coordinator, with a team consisting of 30 staff, including six volunteers from Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). The SARC volunteers had just completed a Logistics Cluster training on MSU construction, conducted by WFP Storekeepers and the Logistics Cluster Coordinator. The team worked tirelessly to ensure the construction was completed on schedule, erecting two MSUs (32x10m) per day.
The Logistics Cluster Coordinator first had to organise the contract for the land, liaising with three landlords, before the any of the work could commence. As the area was previously agricultural land, huge physical preparation was needed - the process of creating an area suitable for MSU construction is highly specific. First the topsoil of the ground’s surface must be removed, and then replaced with filling materials; then pave the surface with gravel, and carefully compact it to give a strong foundation. The second phase requires covering this compacted gravel with asphalt, and finally the surface is ready to build on.
To ensure the safety of the life-saving relief items stored inside these MSUs, a barbed wire fence will also surround the compound. To make it as functional as possible, the team is also in the process of installing a lighting system and perimeter drainages. An old office of 130m2 has also been rehabilitated in order to accommodate WFP Staff who will manage these warehouses in the future.
The availability of storage space in Safita will greatly facilitate the humanitarian community’s ability to efficiently and effectively respond to the crisis in Syria.
Jul 05, 2013
With civilian casualties on the rise due to the on-going conflict in Damascus, the humanitarian community is doing all that they can to support those in need. The Logistics Cluster, in support of these efforts, is assisting NGO’s and UN Agencies by facilitating logistics coordination and information management, and by providing logistics services.
The Syria Logistics Cluster received five ambulances from WHO for temporary storage in Safita (approximately 15 km from Tartous); on 06 June these were transported via Logistics Cluster coordinated services to their final destination in Damascus. The ambulances, which were loaded on a full body closed truck for secure transport, reached Damascus on 07 June. So far in 2013, a total of 10 ambulances have been stored by the Logistics Cluster (5 in Lattakia, 5 in Safita) for onward transport to Damascus as needed.
The Logistics Cluster continues to provide free-to–user transport as well as temporary storage services to the humanitarian community; since January 2013 the Logistics Cluster has facilitated the movement of over 14,000 m³ of relief cargo on behalf of ACF, DRC, FAO, Secours Islamique France, IOM, UNICEF, UNDP, UNHCR, UNFPA, UNRWA, and WHO to locations inside Syria. The non-food items (NFIs) transported include materials vital to Health, WASH, Shelter, Nutrition and Agriculture programmes such as mattresses, blankets, health/hygiene kits, seeds, food, and medicines.
Logistics Cluster common services are offered for a limited time in emergency response operations, where existing logistics capacity is insufficient to meet the material requirements of humanitarian programming, and are only intended to temporarily fill these identified gaps in capacity. In Syria these services are coordinated by Logistics Cluster staff in Damascus, Lebanon, and Jordan.
Organizations with transport and/or storage requirements are encouraged to communicate these needs to the Logistics Cluster, and will find the Logistics Cluster’s Service Request Form (SRF) here: http://www.logcluster.org/ops/syr12a/srf.
Detailed instructions on completing the SRF can be downloaded from the Logistics Cluster website at: www.logcluster.org/ops/syr12a/srf_instructions
Completed forms should be submitted to: email@example.com.