In this update:
- Brief on Pakistan
- Update on Peru earthquake
- Latest OCHA schedule for Humanitarian Reform Workshops
- Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea
- World Vision International
- Meetings and events
Brief on Pakistan
Through the logistics cluster in Pakistan surface transport support was provided to MCI, CRS, WFP, ARC, Islamic Relief, Human Appeal International and FAO to date. Pending transport requests from ARC and HAI will require an estimated additional 100 truckloads for various commodities and are scheduled for the coming weeks.
In addition to road transport, ACF and IFRC started using rail transport from Islamabad to Karachi as well as air cargo transport with Pakistan International Airways. Both the rail and air transport were reported as cost and time effective means of transportation.
General conclusion on the logistics cluster meetings in Islamabad and Quetta is that there are no more significant gaps in the logistics infrastructure. Transport and warehousing are available in all affected areas. In line with this, the logistics cluster is scheduling the closure of operational support 15th September 2007. WFP as a global logistics cluster lead will remain available for assistance and if logistics gaps are identified will provide support to UN agencies and NGOs in Pakistan.
On the information management side, UNJLC staff seconded to the Logisitics Cluster is working closely with OCHA on improving the quality of information provided to NDMA and UN/NGO community. UNJLC information management unit in support to the Logistics Cluster will work with OCHA/NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority) in the coming weeks on full transition of the related tasks beyond 15 September. All information presented to NDMA and the humanitarian community as well as further records of the Pakistan cluster approach implementation can be found at http://pfic.webexone.com.
The projects which were covered under the logistics cluster CERF proposal received direct funding without using a pass-through mechanism.
Update on Peru earthquakes
On August 28th the United Nations and participating partners launched a Flash appeal for 37 million USD to assist 200,000 beneficiaries for 6 months. The identified priorities are as follows: shelter, water purification, medical care, food, sanitation facilities, tents, tarpaulins, generators, beds, blankets, and tools for rubble removal.
The Flash appeal chose to use the Sector Approach as opposed to the Cluster Approach. The justification given in the Flash document explains the reasoning:
"The UN Country Team has recommended that the scale of the disaster in relation to government capacity, and the likely short duration of the emergency phase, do not require the implementation of the cluster approach. Nonetheless, the country team recognises the merits of the cluster approach’s principles of inclusive coordination and guaranteed capacity. Eleven sector working groups have been formed: Shelter and Camp Management (lead: IOM), Food Assistance (lead: WFP), Health (lead: WHO), Water and Sanitation (leads: WHO & UNICEF), Education (lead: UNESCO), Protection (convenor: UNICEF), Early Recovery (lead: UNDP), IT/Telecommunications (lead: WFP), Temporary Employment (lead: ILO), Safety and Security (lead: UNDSS) and Coordination (lead: UNDP)."
Also on August 28th the Peruvian Congress created an independent body to oversee the reconstruction needs, called Forsur.
LSS/SUMA are continuing to create an inventory/stock pile of assistance received to date for organizational purposes.
The WFP Regional Bureau in Panama deployed one logistics staff to Peru to assist in Interagency logistics coordination. Lucien Jaggi arrived in country last Sunday and has travelled to Pisco. He will gather logistics information and then determine how to help facilitate the sharing of information between agencies. Lucien will also collaborate with the UN Country Team and UNDAC who were happy to hear WFP had deployed a logistics officer. One issue that has come to the forefront is the lack of pipeline information, both up stream and downstream, on the movement/ tracking of goods. Lucien should remain in country for approximately one month.
Contact details for Lucien will follow shortly.
Latest OCHA schedule for Humanitarian Reform Workshops
OCHA is planning to hold workshops in a number of countries in order to sensitise IASC Country Teams and the NGO community on the Cluster Approach. Please find attached the latest list prepared by OCHA with tentative dates on when workshops will take place in some countries.
Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea
A Flash Appeal for the emergency response in DPRK was recently released. The appeal is seeking USD 14, 102,922 for various projects. Much like Peru, a Sector Approach will be used in guiding the humanitarian response instead of the Cluster Approach. The justification is as follows:
"In light of the limited scale of the resident international response in relation to Government and bilateral efforts, and the short duration of the immediate emergency phase, it has been determined that an implementation of the cluster approach is not warranted. Nonetheless, the response of the humanitarian community is guided by the principles of inclusive coordination and predictable leadership. As such, established Sector Working Groups on food security, health, water and sanitation and agriculture provide fora for sectoral response planning, strategic prioritisation and information exchange. Consultations within these Working Groups and with the relevant Government counterparts form the basis for this Appeal and will guide the implementation of its projects. In addition to existing Working Groups, sector leadership has been established in the education and nutrition sectors for the ongoing flood response."
World Vision International
WVI has become an important partner in the Global Logistics Cluster. As mentioned in a previous bulletin, WVI has recently seconded a staff member to the Global Logistics Cluster Support cell in Rome, Anastasia Lubkovskaya. Anastasia recently attended a training held by WVI in the UK. Please find her brief below as well as information on WVI's Helios project.
WV Global Propositioning Response Network logistics training
WV put together and is currently implementing Logistics training. The general goal of the training is to develop the capacity of existing World Vision staff presently involved in GIK, relief and programs in both field and support offices in order that they may provide effective logistics support during humanitarian emergencies.
The main course objectives are to raise WV staff understanding on humanitarian logistics and supply chain, set up a field platform of standards and procedures on various aspects like personnel and staffing, procurement, warehouse management, transport management, shipping, logistics performance during emergency response and ethical issues.
Training course modules were put together and training being rolled out 3-4 times a year in different regions where WV have got running programs.
World Vision International is planning to pilot Helios supply tracking software in 5 National Offices - Somalia (completed), S. Sudan, Uganda, Ghana, and Zambia. The pilot countries were chosen for their project diversity and location within Africa. WVI is participating in the creation of the Fritz Institute Secretariat for ongoing Helios creation and support. The Helios Pilot Project is part of the overall Global Supply Chain Team initiative for Africa. The Helios Pilot Project is based in Nairobi and is currently working on staffing and project planning for the implementation roll out.
Meetings and Events
Global Logistics Cluster/UNJLC/UNHAS meeting, 17-18 September 2007 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Second Logistics Response Team training planned 4-11 November 2007 in Brindisi, Italy. Planning underway.