22 December 2013

Hassakeh governorate in North Eastern Syria is currently experiencing an extremely harsh winter, and has been consistently inaccessible for the humanitarian community during the latter half of 2013. The affected population urgently need assistance as the heavy snow has caused road blockages leaving this area severely isolated.

To meet this need, the Logistics Cluster had originally planned to facilitate the transportation of relief items by road via truck convoys from Iraq to Syria, however due to continual insecurity on the Syrian side of the border, it was crucial to find an alternative solution.

WFP, as the lead agency for the Logistics Cluster, fulfilling its mandate to fill logistics gaps, contracted an Ilyushin-76... READ MORE

17 December 2013

TNT, Agility, UPS, and Maersk make up the Logistics Emergency Team (LET) – an emergency response partnership created to support the humanitarian community by providing logistics expertise, human resources, and in-kind services often in the form of logistics assets.

Within 48 hours of receiving a request for support in an emergency response, the LET can be deployed to serve the humanitarian community in countries where member companies already operate, taking advantage of their knowledge of local infrastructure to increase the speed and efficiency of aid distribution.

In response to Typhoon Yolanda, which caused catastrophic damage in the Philippines, particularly in the areas of Samar and Leyte, the LET was immediately requested by WFP, through the Logistics Cluster, to assist with the international and national response operations.

Two Customs Advisors were... READ MORE

12 December 2013

The Logistics Cluster is proud to announce the launch of the new platform for the Logistics Capacity Assessment (LCA) Tool.

The LCA is an inter-agency emergency preparedness tool which provides a comprehensive overview of a country’s - or a region's - infrastructure and capacities. LCAs are operational in nature and concentrate on critical elements of the logistics supply chain, contributing to the overall emergency response strategy. So far LCAs for more than 50 countries are available online, with over 30 soon to be published. The LCA tool is an indispensable resource for all humanitarian logisticians, and since its creation in 2008, has been regularly updated enabling the humanitarian community to better plan and prepare their logistics response operations.

Following consultation with key partners, the LCAs have been upgraded to Confluence, a wiki-based platform, to provide more focused information, allowing contributors to update sections individually so that... READ MORE