Preparedness forms a key pillar of the Logistics Cluster’s overarching strategy and aims to create a common approach to supply chain preparedness centred on localisation and capacity building, ensuring initiatives are driven by responders on the ground. This includes the national disaster management response body, as well as the broader humanitarian community: customs, line ministries, port/airport authorities, Red Cross/Crescent, NGOs (national and international), the private sector and UN agencies. Studies show supply chain can account for up to 80 per cent of humanitarian response costs, hence, an efficient and robust supply chain structure is fundamental to every operation.
Logistics Cluster preparedness activities are currently focused on ten disaster-prone priority countries, chosen by Logistics Cluster partners and based upon risk indices, national-level logistics performance and capacity indicators. So far, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Haiti, Madagascar, Nigeria and South Sudan have been initiated, with the aim to expand to 24 countries by 2021.