31 October 2017

A Water Technician, Base Logistician, Field Monitoring Officer, Logistics Assistant and Security Officer – what do they have in common? Navigation skills are necessary in their daily work as humanitarian responders.

humanitarian coordination, logistics training

On 26 October, the Logistics Sector Nigeria organised a GPS training in Maiduguri: 16 participants from 13 organisations were trained in using handheld GPS units. Technical navigation skills are essential in humanitarian operations as they ensure the provision of accurate information on locations (e.g. road constraints), and therefore help to make logistics planning more efficient.

The half-day training was... READ MORE

24 October 2017

Humanitarian Logistics Training

One of the largest scale humanitarian preparedness and response exercises to date took place between 15 and 21 October 2017 in Neuhausen, Germany. Generously hosted by the Germany Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), the German Foreign Office and the Government of Luxembourg, this year’s exercise combined, the Logistics Response Team (LRT) Training delivered by the Logistics Cluster and the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster’s (ETC) OpEx Bravo Exercise. The training was supported by a wide variety of organisations including DB Schenker, DHL, DP World, Ericsson Response, MSB and the German Federal Police.

This merged exercise is a large-scale inter-agency... READ MORE

09 October 2017

As a preparedness measure and in order to strengthen the integrity of the humanitarian supply chain in Iraq, the Logistics Cluster team has been compiling key information on critical border crossing points and international ports.

The supply chain for the overall humanitarian response in Iraq relies almost exclusively on the Ibrahim Khalil border with Turkey. With the operating environment often changing, access being a key concern, and territories being controlled by a number of different authorities, maintaining accurate information on border points is paramount.

Over the past three months, the Logistics Cluster has conducted assessments to the Fishkhabur border with Syria, the Haji Omran border with Iran, and most recently... READ MORE

04 October 2017

Emergency Logistics in Bangladesh

Since late August, Bangladesh has experienced a large influx of refugees from Myanmar whose scale has resulted in a critical humanitarian emergency. As of 2 October, 509,000 Rohingya have crossed the border to Cox’s Bazar and are now reliant on humanitarian assistance for life-saving needs. The massive increase in people in the area puts under severe strain basic services that were available prior to the influx and the capacity of the government to respond to immediate needs.

WFP, together with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR), is co-chairing the Logistics Sector in Bangladesh, and as lead agency of the Logistics Cluster, is coordinating the... READ MORE