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

27 June 2018

Jenna Lusaka at a National Logistics Workshop in Apia, Samoa. Participants were undertaking a practical LCA exercise.

Logistician Jenna Lusaka is bringing her skills to some of the Pacific’s most remote communities

The first time you meet Jenna Lusaka and start chatting about work, it doesn’t take long to figure out one thing: for Jenna, logistics is more than just a job.

“Anyone can be a logistician but not everyone can do the job well. Being a good logistician comes from having a love of it. Well, that, and... READ MORE

21 June 2018

Samoa Red Cross Secretary General Ms Tautala Mauala and Logistics Officer Iese Wilson outside a Red Cross container in Apia, Samoa

Samoa Red Cross Secretary General Ms Tautala Mauala and Logistics Officer Iese Wilson outside a Red Cross container in Apia, Samoa

 

“Heavy winter clothing arrived. We don’t have winter here! These things just aren’t needed.”

The issue is a longstanding phenomenon in the humanitarian world: after a disaster containers of unsolicited bilateral donations (UBDs) arrive spontaneously, well-meaning but not well-planned, and often filled with unneeded or non... READ MORE

13 June 2018

MSU training in DRC


Active in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for almost ten years, the Logistics Cluster team is composed of 10 people based in five cities. At the core of its strategy is training local and international staff on a wide range of logistics topics, but why is training such an important aspect of their job?

Geographically, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is by far the largest Logistics Cluster operation. The road leading from Kinshasa to the eastern city of Goma, next to the border with Rwanda, extends for more than 2,700 km. Bunia, a city next to Lake Albert and the border with Uganda, lies 2,000 km northeast of Kananga, the fourth largest city... READ MORE

04 June 2018

Christian studying Madagascar map


In 2007, tropical cyclone Indlala hit the northeast of the country causing severe flooding and heavy damage to infrastructure both on the coast and inland. It was then that Christian Razafimahatratra joined WFP as Logistics Associate. Since then, he has been serving in the Country Office in Antananarivo and worked in ten cyclone responses and in the most recent El Niño drought of 2016.

We spoke with Christian about his work, about the unique challenges humanitarian logisticians face in Madagascar and about the importance of preparedness to mitigate the impact of severe weather on the people of Madagascar.

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