15 February 2018

Humanitarian Cargo Transportation in South Sudan

Diko Amariah Khor is the Business Support Assistant for the Logistics Cluster based in Rumbek, South Sudan.

What exactly do you do and how long have you been doing it?

I assist in logistics operations in the field. This involves supporting the movement of relief cargo, belonging to several humanitarian organisations, to the warehouse and then from the warehouse to the airport for dispatch to final destinations. I have been doing this for the last eight months since I joined the WFP-led Logistics Cluster.

What have you been doing recently? What’s planned next?

09 February 2018

Humanitarian Logistics in Nigeria

Aboard a helicopter operated by UNHAS, colleagues of the humanitarian community travelled from Maiduguri, the main humanitarian response hub, to Damasak. A combination of poor road conditions and insecurity in this part of Nigeria makes it difficult to reach by other means.

The one-day mission – which also focused on the ongoing common storage site preparation – included representatives from the International Humanitarian Partnership/Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (IHP/MSB), the Emergency Telecommunications Sector (ETS), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Logistics Sector. The mission was led by IHP/MSB who is responsible for some of the key functions in the overall Humanitarian... READ MORE

08 February 2018

In Central African Republic, the Logistics Cluster facilitates access to common road transport services provided by Handicap International. In 2017, Handicap International coordinated 279 convoys and transported 8,240 mt of critical cargo on behalf of the humanitarian community. Andrea Trevisan, Country Director for Handicap International in CAR, speaks about the challenges faced in implementing a common service and looks into prospective developments for the organisation which recently rebranded as Humanity & Inclusion.

How did HI become the main provider of humanitarian road transport in CAR?

“It all started in late 2015 when HI was the Logistics Cluster co-facilitator. At that time, we started to organise small-scaled emergency transports from... READ MORE

07 February 2018

Logistics Emergency Teams

Set in motion by the World Economic Forum in 2005, the Logistics Emergency Teams (LET) partnership between the World Food Programme (WFP) and some of the largest global logistics and transportation companies was developed to improve the humanitarian response to emergencies.

Through the WFP-led Logistics Cluster, the LET has provided support to emergency response including the 2007 earthquake in Indonesia, Hurricane Matthew in Haiti in 2016, and Peru landslides in 2017. Following each crisis, the LET demonstrated its dynamism and flexibility by adapting response efforts to specific needs.

LET member companies deployed teams of logistics experts and provided assets and equipment to support the operational capacity on the ground. The LET has... READ MORE

31 January 2018

The Logistics Cluster facilitated the biggest inter-agency convoy of 2017; 99 vehicles, transporting cargo on behalf of nine organisations, left Juba on 15 December en-route on the Western corridor with multiple final destination points. This corridor is extremely important to the humanitarian community as it provides access to a number of locations and it especially important for dry season prepositioning as it will close almost completely during the rainy season.

The Logistics Cluster supports organisations prepositioning efforts to reduce reliance on costly airlifts. Blessing Dzambo, Logistics Officer in Rumbek, was one of the key actors in coordinating the convoy. We asked him about his role and the challenges encountered during the journey.

What was your role in coordinating the convoy?

One of my main duties was to maintain communication with the different actors involved. From Rumbek, I regularly... READ MORE