Logistics is the most important element in any disaster relief effort and the one that makes the difference between a successful and unsuccessful operation. Furthermore, it is the most expensive part of any disaster aid, it is estimated around 80% of the total cost of aid. Humanitarian logistics operations are much more complex than business or corporate logistics. Not only because there is an immediate need to respond to unpredictable demand situations, but also because there is no certainty when, where and how aid will be provided. Even in places prone to natural disasters, where there are often contingency and evacuation plans, there are always variations and uncertainties that are beyond all expectations. In addition to the uncertainty, we must add the complexity that the donations provided are those that are really needed and not others that only cause the saturation of the warehouses of humanitarian organizations. Not to mention the problems of local policies (like long and bureaucratic customs procedures) that cause bottlenecks and slow down the flow of resources required to cover the basic needs for the survival of affected people.
The primary objective of this training course is to enhance the capacity of civil servants and organizations in charge of humanitarian operations assistance, in order to increase the efficiency of humanitarian logistics operations and opportune response. We aim to reach a broad audience, targeting humanitarian logisticians and information management professionals at the local, national, and international levels.
Duration: 4 Weeks
Students, Professionals all levels
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Plan, coordinate logistic operations in the event of a disaster.
- Store, encode and use information from past events to improve prevention and relief strategies.
- Understand Logistic Operations management (logistics activities, collection centers, health care centers, shelters, design of resource distribution routes and evacuation routes, etc.).
- Analyze demand and the allocation of materials and financial resources for operations.
- Make alliances with different entities or stakeholders (government, private institutions, NGOs, the community itself, neighboring communities, etc.) to coordinate aid in the event of a disaster.
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