Preparedness: 2018 Year in Review

365 days of collaboration & localisation
21 February 2019

In Antananarivo, Madagascar humanitarian responders from across the sector team up to determine the path forward – the action plan – for the country’s logistics preparedness activities. Within a few months and before the end of 2018, preparedness workshops will have rolled out across five of the country’s highest-risk regions.

More than 6,600 kilometres away in South East Asia, Preparedness Officers in Bangladesh and Indonesia are mapping risks - from monsoons, to tsunamis - as well as existing initiatives and potential activities to strengthen operational planning and enhance logistics capacity across all responding levels – from community, to national coordination hubs.

This is Logistics Cluster preparedness 2018: three continents, dozens of different operational contexts, new challenges, bold ideas, innovative solutions, hundreds of stakeholders.

“2018 was the first time we transformed a strategic vision into country level activities across multiple national contexts,” said Martin Keitsch, Logistics Cluster Preparedness Project Lead.

“Preparedness is a community-driven process. The project so far has been about defining how the Logistics Cluster can utilise its expertise, experience and strong network of partners to strengthen preparedness activities on country level. Based on our lessons learned in 2018 we can now focus our resources to further improve the project scope for the next rollout phase to ensure activities are tailored to local contexts.”


From community halls, to sector-wide workshops: supporting stakeholders globally

Across preparedness activities, events, advocacy efforts, tools, projects and countries, this year the Logistics Cluster supported an impressive 270 stakeholders. But what’s most important in that number? Where that support was targeted.

67 per cent of the stakeholders supported represent government ministries and national organisations. That means that around 2 out of every 3 stakeholders that the Logistics Cluster preparedness initiative supported placed national responders at the centre.

According to Martin, this is key.

“Local actors and stakeholders are on the ground – they’re the responders when a crisis strikes - and this is the core of preparedness, it is to support locally-led, locally-driven actions according to the national context. Logistics Preparedness is ideally a process driven by the actors at the heart of a national response,” said Martin.



What’s next?

Moving forward in 2019, initiatives are only set to expand. Activity implementation is rolling out across an additional 12 countries - from South Sudan to Iraq – with each context working under a common programmatic framework and guide.

Back in Madagascar, Bangladesh and Indonesia, work is ongoing, and logistics remains at the forefront of preparedness activities. Throughout 2019 responders will once again come together building on lessons from last year, exchanging knowledge and identifying risks for strengthened coordination systems before crisis strikes.

“Based on the experiences from our pilot countries and initial activities, we as a community of stakeholders have developed a harmonised approach to guide the next phase of implementation, scaling up in-country activities,” said Martin.

“Thanks to the resources we have we’re now able to go to a wider range of areas, such as strengthening coordination on a regional level. 2019 will also see the implementation of information management systems and mechanisms designed to improve the outreach of activities and ensure actors have the information that’s needed, when it’s needed,” said Martin.


See our 2018 Global Preparedness infographic for an overview