Humanitarian logistics (7)

Dates and venue: March 27 to 31, 2017 in Barcelona

Humanitarian logistics training course (7)

Logistics is one of the most important components of the successful delivery of goods and services in humanitarian assistance. Delivering the right assistance to the right beneficiaries at the right time requires both skill and an understanding of the supply chain. Logisticians must continually contribute their knowledge and expertise while keeping up to date with the latest practices in the field.

The Humanitarian Logistics course is aimed at practitioners across all sectors and disciplines of humanitarian assistance. It will provide students with a framework for understanding logistical aspects of humanitarian assistance, explore the ways that logistics can support humanitarian intervention, and give students an opportunity to develop methods for improving the delivery of humanitarian aid.

The integration of academia with participants’ past field experience provides practical implications of the evolving humanitarian institutional environment, skills necessary to apply best practices in the field, and knowledge of the supply chain in assistance deliverance.


Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Define the main components and functions of humanitarian supply chain including the relationship between preparedness and response.
  • The push-pull strategy and its application in emergencies; and upstream and downstream logistics networks.
  • Define the key actors in an emergency operation, describe their engagement with the UN, and the role of partnerships for an effective humanitarian supply chain.
  • Apply and evaluate logistics concepts such as beneficiary delivery time, the importance of trade and delivery terms, the advantages and disadvantages of various modes of transport, the purpose and management of warehouses, sourcing and identification of the principal methods of goods procurement (keeping in mind local and international markets), and the role of information in the humanitarian supply chain.
  • Critically assess the role of logistics in shaping the kinds of interventions that are emphasized by international actors and the measure of success that are used.

Organized by

The Barcelona International Peace Resource Center (BIPRC) jointly with the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC) and the Institute for International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University, USA

CIHC-IIHA courses are held yearly in several locations worldwide, such as New York, Berlin, Geneva, Istanbul, Barcelona, Nairobi, and Penang in Malaysia, and all of them are part of the curriculum for the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance offered by Fordham University in New York. Students can take different courses individually or as part of the International Diploma program.

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