Last May, 20 staff from 10 public and humanitarian entities participated in the three-day-long Emergency Logistics Induction Training facilitated by the Logistics Cluster in Huatajata, Bolivia.
Bolivia is vulnerable to chronic natural hazards all year round, including heavy rains and droughts, which can lead to floods and bushfires respectively. For instance, earlier this year heavy rains caused a river bust in Guanay, blocking access to the area and its population. In this context, national actors need to re-adjust their preparedness and response strategy constantly in order to tackle emergencies of multi-causal nature.
This face-to-face training – the first one taking place since the COVID-19 pandemic started- was fundamental to ensure that humanitarian actors could learn together as well as from each other. During the training, key actors from the Bolivian Civil Protection, non-governmental organizations, and United Nations agencies discussed how to improve the logistics coordination in the country with a view to future emergencies. The different sessions allowed participants to brainstorm on common logistics challenges in the country, reflect on best practices and apply their knowledge to practical emergency scenario exercises. The training was carried out in line with the COVID-19 rules and regulations: strict biosecurity measures were put in place, including a rapid test before accessing the facilities where the participants were isolated with minimum interactions from the exterior for the entire duration of the training.
For Ana Lucia Daza, UNICEF Supply Assistant, the training was a unique opportunity to have a deeper look at the logistics challenges responders face in an emergency.
“Each of us has a different understanding of humanitarian supply chain in Bolivia. Taking the time to harmonize the way we work and interact makes a significant difference in our day-to-day.”
This workshop highlighted the need for more coordination events at local level to ensure that humanitarian actors join forces to face future challenges. The Logistics Cluster will organize similar trainings in the region in the coming months, including a National Logistics Cluster Induction Training in Peru and a Regional Logistics Response Team Training in the Dominican Republic.