World: ICS, UNHCR and IOM call on states to end humanitarian crisis on board ship in the Mediterranean

Country: World
Sources: International Organization for Migration, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

The organisations seek the immediate disembarkation of 27 rescued people, including one child and a pregnant woman, who have now been on board the Maersk Etienne for more than one month.


Hunger and fear stalk survivors of attack in north Cameroon

Countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Nigeria
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Eighteen people died and 15 others were wounded in the attack on 1 August at Nguétchéwé, close to the border with Nigeria, where thousands of IDPs have sought safety over the past seven years.


Flooding in Niger has affected more than 280,000 people

Country: Niger
Source: UN Children's Fund

Since July this year, heavy rains and flash floods have devastated different localities in Niger, exacerbating an already complex humanitarian situation.


Zimbabwe: Locust outbreaks threaten food security in southern Africa

Countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

About seven million people in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, already affected by floods, drought and the impacts of COVID-19, could experience further food and nutrition insecurity.


HLA inaugurates new Advisory Group

HLA announces the creation of a new Advisory Group to support the delivery of its core mission.

The group is composed of distinguished professionals with deep knowledge of the humanitarian logistics sector, including many who have been closely involved with the work of HLA over the years. They are:

Andrew Parkes, Global Operations Manager, Malaria Consortium

Nick Murdoch, Independent Logistics & Supply Chain Consultant

Will Holden, Managing Director Emergency Logistics Team, CMILT

Martijn Blansjaar, Head of Supply and Logistics, OXFAM GB

Jane Tikhwi Muyundo, Castelbarco Capacity Building Consultants

Stuart Smith, Global Director, Humanitarian, Volga Dnepr Group

Neil Rodrigues, Director Global Supply Chain, International Medical Corps

Jarrod Goentzel, Director, MIT Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab

Michael C. Whiting, independent humanitarian logistics consultant

Ilse Larkin, independent humanitarian logistics professional and guest lecturer at University of Cranfield

John Cropper, Lead, Program Management and Humanitarian, Humentum

Frank Clary, VP Sustainability, Agility Logistics

The first meeting of the newly-constituted board took place on May 30, 2019 where they discussed among other things the draft HLA strategy, and the new ‘HLA Connect’ – which is an enhanced web platform which aims to make it less challenging for stakeholders to engage with the humanitarian logistics (HL) sector, and other related humanitarian initiatives / activities.

The group will meet remotely every two months, with the next call scheduled for the end of July.

“I am immensely pleased that HLA has now been able to launch a new advisory group to help steer the organisation through the implementation of its latest three-year strategy. HLA is extremely grateful to the members that have joined the group; they bring a broad range of expertise and wealth of experience. Their commitment to supporting the aims of the HLA and to building humanitarian logistics as a recognised sector is hugely important.” George Fenton, Chief Executive, HLA


HLA joined NCVO

HLA joined UK National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) in November 2018 as a member organization. NCVO acts as the major connector in the volunteer sector. NCVO promotes volunteerism and serves the organizations that recruit volunteers, as well as volunteers themselves. Since HLA’s team consists of some volunteers at different levels of expertise, joining NCVO will help the organization in volunteer performance assessment and management. Apart from being a platform for volunteers and non-profit organizations to connect and network with one another, NCVO provides a wealth of learning materials for professional development of volunteers and their associated organizations on its website. Its wide range of training courses covers topics tailor made for trustees, board of directors, volunteers’ supervisors, fundraisers, advocacy officers, campaigners and financiers. For more details on what NCVO has to offer, you can visit their website: www.ncvo.org.uk