Logistics Cluster Annual Report 2016
The Logistics Cluster enables global, regional and local actors to meet humanitarian needs.
Before crises, we work with the stakeholders in high-risk countries and regions to strengthen local capacities.
In crises, where local capacities have been exceeded, we provide leadership, coordination, and information, and facilitate access to operational services.
Globally, the Logistics Cluster is a community of partners actively working to overcome logistics constraints, and to develop and share best practices and solutions.
The Logistics Cluster brings together organizations responding to humanitarian emergencies. At the global level the Logistics Cluster provides strategic guidance to broaden knowledge and improve decision making in humanitarian logistics and works with local governments on system-wide preparedness and contingency planning.
The lead agency for the Logistics Cluster is United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), due to its global presence, operational capacity and decades of experience in humanitarian logistics. Based at WFP’s headquarters in Rome, the Global Logistics Cluster support team provides logistics surge capacity and supports the humanitarian community by reinforcing operations on the ground.
In 2016, the Global Logistics Cluster support team trained 400 people through 15 trainings to improve the emergency response capacity of humanitarian organizations, enhance staff skills, their ability to work within the cluster system and to collaborate with different partners on the ground, thereby avoiding overlaps and maximizing impact.
Through two Global Logistics Cluster Meetings with 42 organizations represented, humanitarian logistics professionals have shared crucial skills and experience – contributing to stronger, faster emergency response capacity.
To ensure accountability to stakeholders, in 2016 the Global Logistics Cluster commissioned Lessons Learned Exercises to assess its performance in three operations, namely: the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Syria, which are countries experiencing protracted, complex emergencies.
At the field level, the Logistics Cluster is responsible for coordination and information management of the logistics response. When necessary, the Logistics Cluster also coordinates access to common logistics services by facilitating the delivery and storage of supplies.
Logistics Cluster field operations in 2016 included Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Haiti, Iraq, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, and Yemen.