New situation overview on northwest Syria shows dire living conditions for new arrivals

Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Source: REACH Initiative

Vulnerable groups were reported among new IDP arrivals in 89% of communities in northern Aleppo and 99% in Idleb on 9 March. Basic shelter needs remain the most severe need among new IDP arrivals.

Aviation Sans Frontières surveys air transport needs in Burkina Faso

Aviation Sans Frontières - ASF (Aviation Without Borders - AWB) has conducted a need assessment of the humanitarian air transport needs of NGO in Burkina Faso due to the rising insecurity in the region.

This exercise fits into the context of humanitarian aviation that has been outlined at the result of HLA workshops in Brussels (AIDEX 2018) and London (IDR 2018), highlighting the need for humanitarian accountability, stronger inclusion of field-level stakeholders and humanitarian efficiency. It contributes to the development of methodologies for humanitarian need and impact assessment in order to provide tools for Humanitarian Aviation Project Cycle Management.

By doing so, ASF continues to strive to analyze and highlight the specific needs of field NGOs, especially in terms of operational flexibility, so that they can be considered in the programing and financing decision-making process of institutional donors and humanitarian air operators (EC and UN).

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HLA builds new Knowledge Hub

HLA is in the process of building a new knowledge management system that is being branded as the next generation Knowledge Base which supports the knowledge needs of both existing and aspiring humanitarian logistics professionals.

The Knowledge Base is an essential restructuring of the existing HumLog Portal, and as such will continue to be housed on the HLA website. However, it will pull together a considerable amount of relevant resources from within the entire humanitarian logistics space. This is because there are still some gaps in access to knowledge resources. For information sharing, the situation is better already – actors in the community do great work in coordinating the flow of information to ensure awareness and transparency about the situation on the ground, especially during emergencies.

And to ensure that the resources in the Knowledge Base really serve the needs of the professionals, the team behind it are carrying out an assessment to better understand what these needs are. They are well underway with key informant interviews where they collected the views and insights of individuals considered to be experts within the field, and who are already closely involved with the work of the HLA as part of the Advisory Group.

The initial findings show that there are indeed a lot of good public knowledge resources out there, and as such HLA wants to link/connect to and consolidate access to them in one place. The internal knowledge management systems within the big organizations add another dimension. They are great for those who do have access while others out there lack the learning they could gain from that. Therefore, what is lacking currently is an established central source or repository for the entire community, that connects to these resources. At the same time, these experts agree on the sector's need to actively capture and save knowledge. This stems from the high turnover of humanitarian logisticians, especially in the field.  Therefore, the ability to document and then enhance access to key learning from the past will ensure that relevant knowledge is passed on and stays within the community.

As a next step, the team are launching a sector-wide survey targeted at all humanitarian logistics professionals, and those who aspire to be one, to establish what specific contents they have need of, where and how they access resources, and the type and formats of content that they consider to be useful for their work.

The findings from the engagements with these identified group of experts, as well as the survey, will help establish what needs to be a priority for the Knowledge Base. The Knowledge Base, is intended to be, at the very minimum, a portal that links to the resources that the community of professionals needs to work more effectively as humanitarian logisticians.

The intention, is not only to make it much easier for existing humanitarian professionals to find the resources they need. But rather, the resource aims to go further in building the knowledge base for training new entrants – the next generation of professionals – while maintaining quality standards.

In the meantime, the team is already working on a pilot implementation, that will change and grow with the collected feedback and ultimately transform into the Knowledge Base. It is expected to be live by the end of 2019.

The Knowledge Base is an HLA initiative being led by Lothar Weichert, a Doctoral Researcher and Chair of Logistics Management at the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.  Especially with the pilot, it has received and continues to receive some significant support from the Geneva based Humanitarian Library’s Shelter Cluster.   

HLA therefore invites all humanitarian logistics and supply chain professionals to respond to the survey and provide those critical insights that help shape the Knowledge Base.





ATCO Frontec joins as new corporate partner

HLA is pleased to announce that ATCO Frontec has joined as a new corporate partner.

ATCO Frontec specializes in operational logistic support services, remote site turn-key accommodation and disaster response solutions. With a global reach, it operates across the disaster and emergency management spectrum, from mitigation and preparedness, to response and recovery, supporting the principle “Build Back Better”. Its highly trained teams provide project management expertise, procurement services and logistics, to rapidly deploy mission-critical services, incident facilities and structures.

ATCO Frontec is a valued partner in emergency response around the world. From the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan to Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria in 2017, it has supported municipalities, provincial and federal governments, as well as NATO’s global operations.

To read more about ATCO's work in disaster response, visit their excellent website, which has a number of case studies, or contact David Lampshire.

Humanitarian Futures launches a survey on global risk planning

Humanitarian crises in the foreseeable future will not be restricted to North/South divides, but will increasingly spill across continents in ever more complex, fluid and non-linear ways.

Few doubt that the types, dimensions and dynamics of humanitarian crisis drivers will grow – in some instances, exponentially. Too little effort, however, seems to have been made to identify these for the humanitarian sector, or, where they have been identified, to move from scenario planning to action,

The traditional reactive response of humanitarian organisations will be inadequate to deal with the complexity of plausible future crisis drivers. Those who care about meeting the challenges of the future will have to plan from the future, namely, not relying upon the precedents of the past.

Starting in October 2018, Humanitarian Futures and Incitāre had a series of meetings and, from this, it was agreed that exploring the issues mentioned above in a Sector Survey would benefit individual humanitarian organisations, as well as coordinating and umbrella bodies and the sector as a whole.  The broad intention of the survey would be to have a far better idea about how the humanitarian sector understands futures, and how those with humanitarian roles and responsibilities factor futures issues and response measures into their strategies and operational plans.

How you can help?

Humanitarian Futures is looking for governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as the private sector and relevant research institutions, to contribute to a global review about what those with humanitarian roles and responsibilities are doing to identify longer-term risks, and what actions they might already be undertaking to strengthen their anticipatory capacities.

To read more about the survey, and to register your interest in helping, please click here.