15 February 2017

In January 2016, the Logistics Cluster began facilitating transport of humanitarian cargo on a fixed-wing aircraft popularly referred to as the Buffalo. The aircraft transports heavier payloads (8mt) than helicopters (2mt) which are otherwise used for cargo deliveries in South Sudan.

 

 

Credit: Relief International

 

On 7 February 2017, the Logistics Cluster broke new ground by facilitating a fixed-wing flight to Jangok airstrip (Longechuk County). This county had previously been served using Mathiang airstrip, which remains a helicopter only airstrip. In December 2016, the Logistics Cluster engaged Relief International to discuss alternative options for delivering cargo... READ MORE

09 February 2017

Stephen Cahill, Global Logistics Cluster Coordinator and Julien Marcheix, Logistics Cluster Desk Officer for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), flew to Kinshasa last week to meet with representatives of the logistics humanitarian community active in the country.

DRC is a country suffering a long-standing humanitarian crisis exacerbated by limited infrastructures, often in poor condition, which hamper access to the population in need of humanitarian assistance, mostly living in hard-to-reach, remote areas.

Logistics coordination is therefore crucial in order to allow for the efficient running of humanitarian operations and ensure access to the affected population.

The Logistics Cluster is operational in Kinshasa and in the... READ MORE

07 February 2017

The Logistics Cluster has been supporting the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) with the rehabilitation of the three key government logistics hubs in Adama, Kombolcha and Dire Dawa. On 2 February 2017, the last of these hubs, Adama, 250 m2 of space rehabilitated, was officially inaugurated.

                                                                                                            

The hub is one of the most important in the government’s humanitarian supply chain: as of July 2016, the logistics hub provided 168,000 mt of relief food for beneficiaries in... READ MORE

03 February 2017

The Humanitarian Networks & Partnerships Week (HNPW) will take place from 6-10 February 2017 at the International Conference Centre (CIGC) in Geneva. The HNPW is hosted by the Swiss Government and co-chaired by DFID and OCHA. The full agenda of the week can be found here

One of the topics to be discussed during the week will be Unsolicited Bilateral Donations (UBDs). UBDs will be the focus of a meeting on Tuesday 7 February 2017 at 9:00, in Room 17. This event will be organised by our colleagues supporting the work of the Pacific Emergency Preparedness Logistics Cluster, Florent Chane and Anna Young. In preparation for the discussion on UBDs, we interviewed Anna Young, Regional Emergency Preparedness Officer with the WFP Regional Bureau in Bangkok

 

What are UBDs?

Unsolicited Bilateral Donations (... READ MORE