World: Estimating digital connectivity during the COVID-19 pandemic

Country: World
Source: UN Children's Fund

Two thirds of the world’s school-age children – or 1.3 billion children aged 3 to 17 years old – do not have internet connection in their homes, according to a new report from UNICEF and the ITU.

World: WHO calls for reinvigorated action to fight malaria

Country: World
Source: World Health Organization

Gaps in access to life-saving tools are undermining global efforts to curb the disease, and the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to set back the fight even further.

World: How COVID-19 is becoming a catastrophe for children in sub-Saharan Africa

Country: World
Source: UN Children's Fund

The region was already a challenging place for many of its 550 million children, but the pandemic has intensified many of the crises they face – and created new ones. About half may be going hungry.

Call for responses to Hum-Log Standards survey

The Humanitarian Logistics Association and RedR UK are planning a project to compile key humanitarian logistics standards into a single handbook to promote minimum requirements for disaster preparedness and response. We invite you to complete a short (5 minute) survey to determine the scope and priorities for the work needed to map, identify gaps, endorse and compile this knowledge.
Supported by the HUMLOG Institute at the Hanken School of Economics, the survey is aimed at a broad range of humanitarian actors (principally at the local level), academics, government staff, companies, charities, international aid organisation staff and military personnel working mostly in disaster-prone countries. We kindly ask that you forward this message to other colleagues or networks.
The deadline for completion is 5 July 2019.

End of 2018 review

2018 has been a busy year for HLA. It started early in 2018, with the launch of a brand new website, and the introduction of paid individual and corporate membership subscriptions. These enable us to cover both operating and modest engagement costs.

We expanded the Board to include the trustee role of Director/Chief Technology Officer, welcoming Isaac Kwamy who has supported the consolidation of our IT capabilities, together with Steve o’Rourke our web developer. After five very valuable and transformational years on the Board, Adrian Nance stepped down from his role as Director/CFO in March, having recruited his replacement Sujit Jadhav, as well as our first bookkeeper Leanne Palmer (our first core funded team member).

At the start of the year we said farewell to our VolinHA volunteer Alexandra Vasila. Based on her HLA experience, she was hired by the International Medical Corps for a logistics role in Nigeria. In October, Monireh Shishvan joined HLA as volunteer marketing and communications executive, based from her home in Tehran. Moni brings considerable experience from the private sector and UN assignments. We also thank our long-standing volunteer Farshid Raminfar, who continues to provide excellent and invaluable service managing our social media channels.

We have outlined our key achievements in this useful infographic:


2019 promises to be another busy year. On our agenda is:

  • The hosting of the PARCEL project/local partner logistics training information and materials
  • Launching a new HLA Advisory Group (HAG)
  • A collaborative project to develop a humanitarian logistics companion guide to the Sphere Standards (the foundation for our Body of Knowledge)
  • Implementation of a fund-raising strategy
  • Development and implementation of a new business plan
  • Annual General Assembly (in Asia or Africa)
  • Further strengthening of the HLA Board

We wish all our members and contacts a peaceful holiday season and a successful 2019, both professionally and personally!