Logistics Cluster 2014 Annual Report16 April 2015
In 2014, the Logistics Cluster supported a record total of 13 operations, 5 of which were categorised as high level emergencies, for which 170 organisations received Logistics Cluster transport and storage support. At the end of 2014, the Logistics Cluster had active Clusters in CAR, DRC, Gaza (in the process of being de-activated), Iraq, Pakistan (in the process of being de-activated), Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen, a small support operation in the Philippines, and a major operation in response to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). At the beginning of 2014, the Logistics Cluster still had an ongoing operation in Mali in response to widespread population displacement and one in the Philippines in response to typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), and began a major scaling up of logistics operations in South Sudan and also in response to increasing insecurity in CAR. Syria remained a large Logistics Cluster operation throughout the year, with the Logistics Cluster taking on additional responsibility throughout the summer with the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2165 and the subsequent opening-up of border points for the United Nations with the Logistics Cluster facilitating logistics support to the cross- border operations. At the same time, the humanitarian situation in Iraq became increasingly concerning and the Logistics Cluster responded by scaling up its operations; the summer also brought with it the start of operations in Pakistan and Gaza. The operation in DRC continued to face new challenges, including an outbreak of Ebola; the Somalia operation commenced airlifts through the Logistics Cluster on behalf of the humanitarian community; in Yemen the Logistics Cluster continued to support the humanitarian community by responding to a critical fuel shortage challenge.
The year of 2014 also saw priority given from the Global Logistics Cluster to operational support tools including the Logistics Capacity Assessments (LCAs), Lessons Learned, the RITA cargo tracking tool and the new Logistics Cluster Website. Consistently across the Logistics Cluster operations, partners continued to provide excellent feedback on the support provided to them. Out of six specific Logistics Cluster User Surveys in 2014 (Sierra Leone, Gaza emergency, South Sudan, Pakistan, CAR and the Philippines), including responses from over 200 respondents, 84% responded that they were more than satisfied with Logistics Cluster services (over the 6 operations). This Logistics Cluster Annual Report will feature the main Logistics Cluster operations in 2014, including the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ebola Response, Gaza Emergency, Iraq, Mali, Pakistan, Philippines, Soloman Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria Response, and Yemen.
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