19 November 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... READ MORE

18 November 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... READ MORE
14 November 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... READ MORE

04 November 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... READ MORE