29 March 2018

The recent intensification of hostilities has triggered the displacement of some 80,000 individuals outside besieged East Ghouta, Syria, and led to a dire humanitarian situation.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), UN organisations and NGOs have mobilised a rapid response, with food, shelter, WASH, health and nutrition to provide assistance to the displaced people currently residing in the collective shelters.

The Logistics Cluster has been closely coordinating with the SARC and the other humanitarian responders to deliver urgently needed assistance, including WFP Ready to Eat rations, DRC Hygiene Kits and UNICEF Fortified Spread to the collective shelters that have been... READ MORE

23 March 2018

The humanitarian operation in Iraq has reached a critical juncture with the retaken areas, including Mosul city, facing high numbers of returnees despite huge levels of destruction, few available services and little opportunities for livelihoods. It is imperative for humanitarian actors to move into the city to provide direct assistance and to support much needed reconstruction. Many organisations have faced problems maintaining an adequate supply chain and securing suitable storage facilities within the city of Mosul to support their operations.

The Logistics Cluster, is therefore working to bridge this gap in the humanitarian supply chain. The cluster is conducting storage assessments in both east and west Mosul to evaluate available capacity and to build a network of relevant contacts for organisations seeking storage at the final distribution point. A number of feasible... READ MORE

23 March 2018

Humanitarian Logistics in South Sudan

The Logistics Cluster and WFP Access conducted a joint mission to Kapoeta from 6 to 8 March to facilitate humanitarian access to this area following reports by the humanitarian community of challenges in delivering relief items.

Located approximately 250 km west of Juba, the people in and around Kapoeta are in dire need for humanitarian assistance, following prolonged drought spells which exacerbated an already tough food security situation. Physical access to Kapoeta is a challenge, especially during the wet season, but besides poor road conditions, a newly volatile security situation constitutes an additional constraint for humanitarian road... READ MORE

22 March 2018

Last week, the Global Logistic Cluster held the third Information Management Training at WFP HQ in Rome. 31 participants from 15 organisations, including NGOs and UN agencies, attended the four-day intensive training session.

Through a well-prepared detailed scenario in which a fictional country is hit by a destructive earthquake, participants took up the duties of IM officers, in charge of providing support to the humanitarian responders through timely and reliable information and effective coordination. 

Working in emergency

I participated in the training not having much background on the Logistics Cluster, which made me a bit nervous, but I could nonetheless learn a great deal, thanks to the way the course was structured and to the fact that we worked in... READ MORE

02 March 2018

The Logistics Cluster has set the goal of training 300 logisticians in South Sudan by the end of the year.

Humanitarian Logistics in South Sudan

Moving forward into 2018, the Logistics Cluster is supporting the humanitarian community by providing two-day training sessions for national staff focusing on the fundamentals of logistics in South Sudan’s operational environment. With the support of IOM, the first training of this year was conducted 27 to 28 February in Juba for 24 participants from 15 organisations. During the two days, participants learned how to measure and weigh items with professional accuracy, and received hands-on training in inventory and warehouse management from the... READ MORE