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February - April 2022

EMERGENCY SUPPORT

UKRAINE - EMERGENCY RESPONSE

For the past six weeks, the Logistics Cluster has been all hands on deck to support the humanitarian response to the Ukraine emergency. Within the first 36 hours, amongst the first responders, the Logistics Cluster Support Team deployed to Poland and has since been working relentlessly to assess the situation on the ground and, in constant coordination with the humanitarian community, create the most appropriate response plan. More than a month on, a Concept of Operations has been formalised and endorsed by the Logistics Cluster community of partners. Furthermore, several coordination cells have been set-up in Ukraine and neighbouring countries, regular coordination meetings have taken place, and logistics services are being facilitated out of several locations in Poland (upstream) and Ukraine. As of the 1st of April, the Logistics Cluster had handled nearly 7,000 cbm of cargo for its partners.

As the Ukraine crisis worsens and the humanitarian response ramps up, the Logistics Cluster will continue to strive to support its partners in the delivery of life-saving assistance. If you wish to know more about the operation in Ukraine, visit the dedicated webpage here.


TROPICAL CYCLONE SEASON

Since Cyclones Ana and Batsirai (followed by cyclone Emnati) made landfall across Southern Africa and Madagascar, the Global Logistics Cluster has supported emergency responses in Malawi and Madagascar. Through WFP Zimbabwe and the country office in Malawi, the Logistics Cluster supports the Government-led National Logistics Coordination Mechanism, providing technical resources to face the increased need for coordination and information sharing among the humanitarian community.

The Global Logistics Cluster deployed on a no-regret basis three technical experts (coordination & partnership and IM officers) to support the National Disaster Management Organisation in Madagascar with sectoral assessments, identification of logistics needs and bottlenecks, mobilization and coordination of aerial assets, strategy design and implementation, and logistical information exchange through the Log:IE platform, that has been an effective tool supporting the responses in Madagascar and Malawi. An Information Management Officer from SBP has also been deployed in April for six months to ensure continuous support to the NDMO Logistics Sectorial Group coordination.

Moreover, in preparation for the Batsirai Response in Madagascar, the Global Logistics Cluster supported by IMPACCT shared the newly released Madagascar customs and importation procedure from the Government of Madagascar through the Madagascar Logistics Capacity Assessment website with its partners worldwide.

Learn more on the dedicated webpage.


TONGA - VOLCANO EMERGENCY RESPONSE

The eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha-apai underwater volcano in Tonga on 15 January 2022 destroyed homes, and damaged community infrastructure including the international airport, seaport and Tonga's undersea fibre-optic cable. Logistics access was limited to military assets for several weeks. The Pacific Logistics Cluster (PLC) team filled a critical gap coordinating on relief item needs and gaps, as well as matching humanitarian organisations transport needs to available government military air transport and shipping options. PLC met immediate critical storage needs for the Government of Tonga through the rapid deployment of five pre-positioned mobile storage units (MSU's), and filled air cargo flight gaps when the airport was assessed safe, through its World Food Programme Pacific Humanitarian Air Service (PHAS).

The PLC team will continue to support the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) through resource mobilisation to provide an additional five MSUs and generators; a warehouse and supply chain officer; and inter-island transport support to aid response and recovery efforts in the outer islands.

NEWS FROM THE GLOBAL LOGISTICS CLUSTER SUPPORT TEAM

14-16 JUNE: THE FIRST IN-PERSON GLOBAL LOGISTICS MEETING OF 2022 IS COMING SOON

The next Global Logistics Meeting (GLM) will be held in-person and hosted by UNICEF at their Supply Centre in Copenhagen, from 14th to 16th June. Online information update sessions will be broadcast on Monday 13th June and will be available on the Logistics Cluster website for partners to watch at their convenience.

If there is interest, online marketplace sessions can be set up for Friday 17th June - a minimum of 5 marketplace sessions would be needed. Organisations who wish to put forward topics and ideas of common interest to the humanitarian logistics community, please send to hq_im_rome@wfp.org with a title and short description of the session, by Friday 29th April.

Due to the limit on venue space, we would request the attendance of only one focal point per organization. An official invitation with more details and an overview of the meeting agenda will be shared soon. We look forward to welcoming you to Copenhagen in June!


GET INVOLVED IN EARTH DAY 2022

The Global Logistics Cluster's green logistics project WREC is looking to hear from partners about green logistics stories from the field, to share activities and initiatives with the humanitarian community via the dedicated page. If you are working on activities to green your operations, we'd love to hear from you before 22 April - please get in touch via hq_im_rome@wfp.org.

The project team has been busy over the past month working with PhD researchers from the Hanken School of Economics HUMLOG Institute who are leading a qualitative study on waste management and reverse logistics within the humanitarian supply chain. The stakeholder interviews and literature review is complete and they will now focus on gathering a final round of feedback from partners via a dedicated workshop during the HNPW. The goal of the session is to engage with a wide range of stakeholders to gain further insight into what actions are being taken by practitioners and what resources are needed to improve environmental sustainability within humanitarian logistics.

Please get in touch for more information or visit the HNPW page to sign up directly.


HUMANITARIAN NETWORKS AND PARTNERSHIPS WEEK 2022

The Global Logistics Cluster (GLC) is participating in OCHA's Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW). Sign up to participate in the discussion!

Perspectives from the field: A reality check on the impact of local impediments to environmental sustainability initiatives in humanitarian logistics: 4 May 22 (13:30-15:30 UTC).
This session will start with an overview of the environmental sustainability in humanitarian logistics project, WREC chaired by the Global Logistics Cluster with partner members from Danish Refugee Council, IFRC, Save the Children, and WFP. A panel of local actors will present perspectives on how sustainability impacts their operations and what local impediments need to be considered for environmental sustainability to be mainstreamed in logistics responses.
To attend, sign up here!

Field-Based Preparedness - Localisation and how do we measure change: 4 May 22 (08:00-09:30 UTC)
The Global Logistics Custer Field-Based Preparedness Project (FBPP) will look back at four years of field experience in 21 countries and the Pacific Region with over 400 stakeholders participating in project activities on global, regional, and country levels; and a comprehensive Institutional Capacity Strengthening (ICS) framework implementing locally-led capacity strengthening activities for logistics emergency preparedness and response to discuss key questions: how do we determine actual systemic change and how and whether such change can be measured to inform stakeholders and target project activities through an evidence-based results framework. To attend, sign up here!

Using Virtual Reality for on-site Assessments: 17 May 22 (12:00-13:00 UTC)
This session will provide an overview and demonstration of best practices from adaptations made due to the global Covid-19 pandemic to providing essential logistics training sessions using virtual reality technology, such as for Airport Assessments. To attend, sign up here!

Workshop: Environmental sustainability in humanitarian logistics review of qualitative study findings on waste management and reverse logistics: 16 May 22 (13:00-14:00 UTC).
The workshop will engage a wider range of stakeholders to gain further insight into what actions are being taken by practitioner organizations and what resources are needed to improve environmental sustainability within humanitarian logistics. A strong focus will be dedicated to waste management and reverse logistics activities.
To attend, sign up here!

NEWS FROM THE FIELD

BANGLADESH - PHARMACY MANAGEMENT TRAINING FOR LOGISTICS STAFF

As part of the Bangladesh Strategy for 2022 on capacity strengthening, on 24 March 2022 the Logistics Sector in Cox's Bazar organised a training on pharmacy management, rational medicinal use, and quantification in collaboration with IOM. The training saw the participation of 17 staff members from 20 national and international organisations. Topics included: stock pharmacy management and tools, pharmacy operations, daily consumption sheet, monthly consumption report, selective inventory, expired drugs management, pest control, and quantification. The training was delivered in Bangla and the outcomes of the training were not only developing operational expertise, capacity strengthening and preparedness activities but also bolstering relationships with national partners.

"Big thanks to the Logistics Sector for organising this training. The medicinal guide is indeed useful and essential for all logisticians. I hope the Logistics Sector will organise more trainings in the future." Artiqur Rahman, Logistics Supervisor, Terres Des Hommes

If you wish to know more about the Logistics Sector in Bangladesh, please visit the dedicated webpage.


BURKINA FASO - THE WAY FORWARD IN 2022

On 28 February, a Global Call was organised to present the Logistics Cluster Burkina Faso strategy for 2022 to partners at a global level.

Based on the consensus among partners and considering the previous Gaps and Needs Analysis (GNA) reviewed in April 2021, the new strategy foresees further engagement with national actors and, in the medium term, the transfer of leadership and responsibility of the coordination mechanism to CONASUR. Emergency preparedness and local capacity building will be the pillars around which the activities of the Logistics Cluster will be built in 2022.

Learn more about the Logistics Cluster in Burkina Faso here.


ETHIOPIA - SUPPORTING PARTNERS TO MOVE LIFE-SAVING CARGO INTO TIGRAY

The first humanitarian convoy to Tigray since 14 December arrived in Mekele on 1 April. The convoy, coordinated by WFP and facilitated by the Logistics Cluster, was composed of 20 trucks carrying food and nutrition items. Additionally, a WFP fuel tanker carrying approximately 47,000 litres of fuel was part of the convoy. This is the first time since August 2021 that fuel enters Tigray. On 14 April, a second convoy composed of 50 trucks destined to Mekele was dispatched from Semera. This convoy carries approximately 1,700 mt of humanitarian cargo, including foods and NFIs on behalf of WFP and humanitarian partners. It also includes three fuel tankers - 2 WFP Fuel tankers and one UNHCR Fuel tanker - carrying a total of 114,000 liters of fuel. In light of the operational challenges that were faced by inland transportation in the past three months, the Logistics Cluster has also started facilitating access to WFP UNHAS cargo airlift services to partners from Addis Ababa to Mekele, prioritising life-saving medical and food items. As of the end of February, a newly acquired cargo aircraft Boeing 737 with a capacity of 13 mt per rotation became operational, in addition to the Dash8 Q400 with a capacity of 5 mt per rotation. Between January and 14 April 2022, the Logistics Cluster has facilitated the airlift of 583 mt of lifesaving health and nutrition items on behalf of 15 partners.

Learn more about the Logistics Cluster in Ethiopia here.


PALESTINE - TRAINING HUMANITARIANS IN EMERGENCY LOGISTICS RESPONSE

Last week in Gaza and West Bank, the Palestine Logistics Sector trained around 80 humanitarians from different I/NGOs and UN Agencies in Emergency Logistics Response. The training touched on several subjects, from the importance of emergency preparedness to performing a field logistics assessment or doing information management. Moreover, the trainees shared their past experiences and lessons learned during previous emergency responses in Gaza, post conflicts, or during flood responses.

To learn more about the work of the National Logistics Sector in Palestine, please visit the dedicated webpage.

NEWS FROM PARTNERS

HELP Logisitcs: Medical Logistics in Pandemics (MLP): open for French speaking participants

HELP LOGISTICS is pleased to announce a new training series on "Medical Logistics in Times of Pandemic (MLP)" for humanitarian partners, NGOs, UN agencies, health organizations, and providers in the West African region and French-speaking countries.

The training is blended learning and offers a mix of self-paced online learning modules and online sessions with experts. The training is free - humanitarian or government practitioners remain HELP LOGISTIC's top priority!

A total of 12 hours between May 19 and June 22 will be required to complete the course in your own time, providing upon completion a certificate from the Kühne Foundation and HELP Logistics.

This course aims to equip aid workers and health personnel with essential medical logistics and supply chain knowledge, with a particular focus on the COVID-19 response. Over 4000 participants have joined this course before, obtaining increasing insight in the challenges linked to the specific regulations, and handling requirements, medical supply chains entail as complex dynamic systems.

Please register for the course no later than Sunday May 1, 2022. through this link.

GLOBAL TRENDS AND PUBLICATIONS

"ORCHESTRATING COORDINATION AMONG HUMANITARIAN ORGANISATIONS" - READ THE ARTICLE

When an emergency strikes, hundreds of organisations are mobilised on the ground, but coordination remains a challenge. Lea Ruesch, Murat Tarakci, Maria Besiou and Niels Van Quaquebeke analyse in their article Orchestrating coordination among humanitarian organisations the effectiveness of the cluster approach in coordinating relief efforts.

Read the full article here.

THE STATE OF LOGISTICS AND SUPPLY CHAIN IN THE HUMANITARIAN CONTEXT

HELP Logistics, the Kuehne Logistics University and the Center for Humanitarian Logistics and Regional Development (CHORD) present their first interim report on the State of Logistics and Supply Chain in the Humanitarian Context: https://bit.ly/3M7Xq6L.

The report is based on a humanitarian survey that is carried out regularly every six months as an independent study to capture trends and developments in the sector.

Kindly join the second round of this far-reaching global survey to assess the challenges, explore the opportunities and identify solutions that are impacting humanitarian operations now and in the future: https://ww2.unipark.de/uc/CHORDSurvey/

Share the link and the report within your network!

 


 

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