Burkina Faso: ACAPS identifies nine countries at increased risk of a deteriorating humanitarian situation in the next six months

Countries: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Libya, Myanmar, Nigeria, United Republic of Tanzania, Yemen
Source: Assessment Capacities Project

The Global Risk Analysis aims to inform decision makers of potential developments and understand possible impact, making it possible to better plan for and deliver a humanitarian response.

Mozambique: After the storm: Barriers to recovery one year on from Cyclone Idai

Countries: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Source: Oxfam

A new brief by Oxfam shows how disasters; poverty and inequality; and a lack of long-term support have made it all but impossible for people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe to rebuild their lives.

Urgent action required to address conflict-affected communities at growing risk in Iraq

Country: Iraq
Sources: UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Protection Cluster

More than two years since victory was declared, millions of Iraqis are still unable to return safely home, blocked from accessing basic services and without means to rebuild their homes and lives.

276 civilian deaths documented in Syria in February 2020

Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Source: Syrian Network for Human Rights

The Syrian Network for Human Rights' latest monthly report states that the number of civilian deaths in February includes 66 children, 43 women, six medical personnel and two media workers.

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!