19 April 2018

The knowledge that the upcoming monsoon season and possibility of cyclones adversely affecting transportation in and around the Rohingya camps and settlements has been a top priority amongst the humanitarian community in Cox's Bazar.

Many humanitarian organizations have been focusing on preparedness activities and rapid response plans in advance of the rains and wind that will arrive between May and September.

WFP as the lead agency of the Logistics Sector made available twenty 20-foot containers, as weather proof storage, to assist in the stockpiling and preparation planning of these organizations. In total, eight different organizations requested containers which are to be placed in seven strategic locations... READ MORE

05 April 2018

Logistics Preparedness in the Pacific

Stretching more than 3,200 kilometres east to west (a larger distance than Paris to Moscow!), and scattered across 3.5 million square kilometres, the Republic of Kiribati is made up of 33 coral atolls and islands in the Pacific Ocean.

The Pacific Logistics Cluster first began working with Kiribati in 2017 as part of strengthening overall humanitarian logistics capacity and ensuring Pacific island countries are equipped with the tools they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies, in a region becoming increasingly vulnerable to natural disasters.

Following a Logistics Cluster training in January held in collaboration with the Kiribati National... READ MORE

29 March 2018

The recent intensification of hostilities has triggered the displacement of some 80,000 individuals outside besieged East Ghouta, Syria, and led to a dire humanitarian situation.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), UN organisations and NGOs have mobilised a rapid response, with food, shelter, WASH, health and nutrition to provide assistance to the displaced people currently residing in the collective shelters.

The Logistics Cluster has been closely coordinating with the SARC and the other humanitarian responders to deliver urgently needed assistance, including WFP Ready to Eat rations, DRC Hygiene Kits and UNICEF Fortified Spread to the collective shelters that have been... READ MORE

23 March 2018

The humanitarian operation in Iraq has reached a critical juncture with the retaken areas, including Mosul city, facing high numbers of returnees despite huge levels of destruction, few available services and little opportunities for livelihoods. It is imperative for humanitarian actors to move into the city to provide direct assistance and to support much needed reconstruction. Many organisations have faced problems maintaining an adequate supply chain and securing suitable storage facilities within the city of Mosul to support their operations.

The Logistics Cluster, is therefore working to bridge this gap in the humanitarian supply chain. The cluster is conducting storage assessments in both east and west Mosul to evaluate available capacity and to build a network of relevant contacts for organisations seeking storage at the final distribution point. A number of feasible... READ MORE

23 March 2018

Humanitarian Logistics in South Sudan

The Logistics Cluster and WFP Access conducted a joint mission to Kapoeta from 6 to 8 March to facilitate humanitarian access to this area following reports by the humanitarian community of challenges in delivering relief items.

Located approximately 250 km west of Juba, the people in and around Kapoeta are in dire need for humanitarian assistance, following prolonged drought spells which exacerbated an already tough food security situation. Physical access to Kapoeta is a challenge, especially during the wet season, but besides poor road conditions, a newly volatile security situation constitutes an additional constraint for humanitarian road... READ MORE