Disaster preparedness reduces time, money and complexity in humanitarian response and lessens the need for international mobilisation. Recent studies show supply chain accounts for an average of 73% of humanitarian response costs. That's why the Logistics Cluster is focused on strengthening national systems and supporting long-term, locally-driven preparedness initiatives!
THE LOGISTICS CLUSTER PROJECT
Preparedness isn’t a singular action, it requires ongoing effort and collaboration at the global, national and community level. The Logistics Cluster project aims to create a common, sustainable approach to supply chain preparedness. In 2018, the project focused on six disaster-prone priority countries, chosen by Logistics Cluster partners, and based upon risk indices and national-level logistics performance and capacity indicators. A pilot was completed in Haiti in 2017.
The initiative is built upon localisation and skills-transfer. We aim to ensure national responders have the tools and knowledge needed to take ownership of humanitarian logistics operations and reach vulnerable communities during times of disaster. Through the support of a dedicated, in-country Logistics Cluster staff member, the project is focused on enhancing coordination, collaboration and knowledge sharing. Activities include the delivery of government-led trainings and simulations to identify supply chain challenges and vulnerabilities, the development of key documents, as well as integrating data and mapping technology into disaster planning.
THE PREPAREDNESS PLATFORM
A key feature of the project is the Logistics Cluster Preparedness Platform. Developed as a dynamic and innovative digital data collection tool, the platform (currently in test phase) combines imagery, mapping, analytics and real-time reporting to improve decision making for preparedness and response.