Humanitarian Logistics (INSEAD Business Press) by Rolando Tomasini, Luk van Wassenhove

By Rolando Tomasini, Luk van Wassenhove

Imagine planning an occasion just like the Olympics. Now think making plans an analogous occasion yet now not understanding whilst or the place it's going to ensue, or how many will attend. this can be what humanitarian logisticians are up against. Oversights result in severe outcomes for the sufferers of failures. so that they need to get it right, fast. This ebook comprehensively covers the issues of humanitarian logistics.  

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While the Secretary General had valid points, Ogata’s proximity to the realities of the field helped her to understand the political impact of the humanitarian operation. She forecasted that continuing the activities as they were would endanger the lives of her staff as well as those of the beneficiaries. She rightly accused the local political leaders of making a mockery of her efforts by not ensuring the safe passage of humanitarian assistance through their territory and blocking access to underserved groups.

Part of the challenge of maintaining humanitarian space is that it is shaped at different levels with local, regional, and international bodies and situations contributing to the chaos. 2). During an emergency operation the pyramid builds from the bottom up with the needs on the ground driving the agenda. 2 Different Levels of Influence appeals as was the case in the Southern African food crisis of 2002. We believe local conditions are the foundation since they are the closest to implementation and it is where logistical bottlenecks will have the greatest impact on the operation.

These principles were developed by Henry Dunant after the battle of Solferino (1859), initially to protect the rights of soldiers. In 1864 they became part of the Geneva Convention, and in 1875 were the seeds for the Red 20 H U M A N I TA R I A N I S M Cross Movement. These principles should be observed by humanitarians in their decision-making, as shown in the UNHCR and WFP examples earlier in this chapter. Widely shared by most organizations, they form part of today’s policy that sets the parameters for action, and delineates the roles of agencies.

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