Amid Tigray conflict, UNHCR and partners seek almost $150 million to help refugees in Sudan

Countries: Central African Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen
Sources: Concern Worldwide, Danish Refugee Council, Adventist Development and Relief Agency International, Welthungerhilfe, COOPI - Cooperazione Internazionale, United Nations Population Fund, Medair, ZOA, Islamic Relief, International Organization for Migration, World Health Organization, UN Development Programme, Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian Refugee Council, UNOPS, CARE, World Food Programme, Mercy Corps, UN Children's Fund, Relief International, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Save the Children, Plan International, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UN Women, Alight

As thousands of Ethiopians are displaced into Sudan, where more than 12.7 million people are already in need of assistance, the Refugee Emergency Response Plan seeks to scale up existing multi-sectoral efforts.

Philippines appeal revised to $52.6 million to enable Typhoon Vamco assistance

Country: Philippines
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

In response to Typhoons Goni and Vamco, humanitarian partners will focus on life-saving and time-critical recovery needs of people living in the hardest-hit provinces, Albay, Catanduanes and Cagayan.

Reducing Carbon Intensity of Humanitarian Logistics – thoughts from joint webinar

At the beginning of September 2020, the Humanitarian Logistics Association (HLA) partnered with Professor Alan McKinnon of Kuehne Logistics University and Kathleen Hegyesi, a Senior Program Manager at to deliver a free webinar on reducing carbon emissions within the logistics sector. The webinar (later shared on YouTube) was a resounding success, with participants tuning in from all over the world from various organisations interested in reducing their carbon emissions. 

Professor McKinnon, an expert within the logistics sector who focusses on reducing the climate impact of the logistics sector through decarbonisation research and strategies, provided plenty of food for thought as to how humanitarian logisticians could revise or introduce an effective strategy for decarbonisation into their operations.

A prevailing problem

As experts have been saying for years, the earth is experiencing climate impacts, attributed to the carbon output from human activities. As such, there has been a call to act responsibly to avert the impending climate crisis, as the world is currently on course to reach a ‘point of no return’ in the near future if action is not taken. With this in mind, it is therefore crucial that organisations within the logistics sector, which contributes to 10-11% of global CO2 emissions, take the necessary action.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic emerged and has shaken up the world. Commercial air travel came to a grinding halt. People started working from home, reducing road traffic significantly. And of course, lots of operations that use a lot of energy ceased. The impact of the COVID-19 lockdown can be seen very clearly by examining CO2 emissions, which at its peak reduced CO2 emissions by 17%. Unfortunately, this dramatic reduction in carbon output was not enough to put the world on a trajectory to meet our carbon emission targets. This highlights that the task of reducing carbon intensity is going to require a momentous effort, but one that is incredibly important nonetheless. For example, McKinnon highlighted the increasing frequency of freak extreme weather events, which are unfortunately fast becoming the norm. 

These extreme weather events, and the resulting humanitarian crises, are increasing the demand on the logistics sector, and increasing the sectors carbon intensity. Much like our global targets, the logistics sector needs to dramatically change its approach to emissions to offset and reverse climate change.


A call to action 

McKinnon and Hegyesi walked participants through the process logistics organisations must go through to develop their carbon reduction strategies, with McKinnon offering a comprehensive insight into his 10 C’s process for strategy formulation:

  1. Corporate motivation
  2. Calculate emissions
  3. Commit to targets
  4. Consider options 
  5. Collaborate
  6. Cost evaluation
  7. Choose appropriate action
  8. Carbon offset
  9. Cut emissions
  10. Calibrate strategy




In Hegyesi’s presentation, she built on McKinnon’s argument that measurement/calculation is a key aspect to constructing an effective carbon reduction strategy. Flexport offers several key services, overseeing land, sea and air freight, as well as warehousing and financing that can aid organisations in developing and implementing their strategy effectively. Flexport also offers a fantastic pro bono service to non-profits and charities, as well as other organisations, in generating a positive strategy that can help organisations reduce and offset their emissions. She therefore identified the 3-step process for organisations to follow in building this strategy. Firstly, organisations must measure their emissions – which Flexport can help with using their emissions calculator. Secondly, Flexport can help organisations reduce emissions, helping them set meaningful targets, collaborate with providers, and implement a regular review process. Thirdly, Flexport can help organisations offset what they can’t reduce, showing organisations how their strategy can incorporate a wider strategy, for example to help conservation efforts and reduce deforestation, as well as reducing emissions overall.

Om the whole, it was agreed that the webinar was a great success and really useful in introducing these concepts to stakeholders in the humanitarian sector. The hope is that it has inspired these organisations to take on the rewarding challenge of reducing carbon emissions within their operations.  As a follow on to these conversations, HLA Chief Executive George Fenton will be moderating a workshop on Market Systems Analysis at the Health & Humanitarian Logistics Conference 2020 in late September where there is the opportunity to explore this further. Regular updates on this and other future activities are available across the HLA’s social media platforms

ILS Oman joins HLA

HLA is pleased to announce that ILS Oman has joined HLA as a partner. ILS Oman is based in Muscat and focuses on delivering a comprehensive suite of logistics solutions for customers in multiple industry verticals.

ILS Oman can provide a highly optimized and customized logistics solution for every client requirement with high focus on efficiency. They have a strong team of experienced professionals with extensive logistics background, from diverse industry verticals, ranging from core domestic transportation and distribution to international freight forwarding, supply chain solutions and project cargo management. The team design with utmost care, customer specific solutions that address the challenges faced by them with respect to the dynamics and complexities of procedures of projects business.

Find out more about the company here.

Spartan Relief Supplies joins HLA

HLA is pleased to announce that Spartan Relief Supplies Ltd has joined HLA as a partner. SRSL is based in Nairobi, Kenya and has been in the business of supplying Humanitarian Aid to various humanitarian agencies since 1992.

Managing Director, Diptesh Shah states that: "SRSL’s mission is to provide quality, cost-effective international procurement services to NGO’s and UN agencies worldwide. Our team has more than 27 years of experience in arranging supply and logistics to various destinations around the world."

SRSL have ready available stocks of Core Relief Items at its warehouses in Nairobi, and with affiliated factories, for quick response to handle any emergency.

SRSL is your partner in times of natural disasters or humanitarian crisis - a partner you can rely upon to respond to your needs.

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.