16 July 2018

1. The Logistics Cluster was activated in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2008 in response to one of the world’s most complex and longest-standing humanitarian crises.

 

2. Conflict, insecurity and Ebola have all affected the humanitarian situation. Every day, the cluster seeks solutions to logistics challenges across some of the country’s most remote and diverse landscapes to ensure responding agencies in the field can reach those in need

 

3. With an area of almost 2.4 million square kilometres, DRC is by far the largest country the Logistics Cluster operates in. This is an area bigger than Spain,... READ MORE

13 July 2018

Man crouches completing paperwork in an airfield

 

Susan Pokharel works as a support for Tracking Officers in the field for the Global Logistics Cluster in Rome, but his story as a humanitarian worker began in his home country of Nepal as Programme Officer for a local NGO supporting people affected by HIV.

With a postgraduate degree in Sociology, it is hard to see how he came to logistics, but after sharing a few words, it is clear he’s a loggie at heart.

So where did his interest in logistics begin? April 2015, Nepal earthquake. Seeing the devastation around him, and the way the people close to him were affected, Susan tells us how this sparked a real urge to do something, driving him into high-speed... READ MORE

13 July 2018

Logistics officer sitting in helicopter in North East Nigeria

 

“It’s never a quiet day, and coming up to rainy season, it’s only going to get busier. But that’s what makes the job so interesting.”

In north-east Nigeria, Georgia Farley is the Logistics Sector’s Information Management Officer. Between reviewing operational documents, drafting daily updates and liaising with partners, Georgia sits down with us to talk through logistics in Nigeria, life as an Information Management Officer, and how the team there collaborates with partners to build capacity and new skills.

 

Georgia, thank you for your time. To start, what’s your role in Nigeria... READ MORE

06 July 2018

Situated just over 400 kilometres off the east coast of Southern Africa, a quarter of Madagascar’s population – or more than 6 million people - reside in areas that are highly prone to natural disasters. Preparedness is essential to ensure responders have the tools and mechanisms in place to respond effectively and efficiently to communities devastated by disaster.

And this is what the Logistics Cluster preparedness project in Madagascar is all about.

“No one activity is more important than another. Each step we take is so important. It’s a package, one undertaken collaboratively, with all of our activities and ideas and developments reinforcing the same goal: strengthening our logistical response capacities.”

That’s Christian... READ MORE

29 June 2018

Logistics Cluster Global Meeting Washington DC

Washington DC was the location of the most recent Logistics Cluster Global Meeting, held from 30 May to 1 June 2018, gathering 50 participants from 48 organisations for three days of working and discussions. The meeting was themed, “The Changing Context of the Humanitarian Sector” and was kindly hosted by USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA). It was the first ever Global Meeting to take place within the Americas, offering the chance for greater engagement with and participation from US-based NGOs and agencies.

Jesper Lund, Chief of OCHA’s Emergency Response Support Branch, delivered the... READ MORE

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