HLA is launching a new membership scheme that requires all existing members to re-register, so we can capture your data on our new IT system and meet our data protection compliance obligations. Please note that  any previous login and password you had will now not work. Please note, if you have registered on our site since October 2017, you will not need to renew, as the new system was in place from that point.

As part of this exercise, we are also introducing annual subscription fees for the first time. We’d like to take a moment to explain why.

How are we funded now?

Apart from modest grants and donations we occasionally obtain, HLA relies primarily on volunteer time and in-kind support to operate. In order to grow and provide valuable member services, it is vital that we are able to invest.

What do members want?

In late 2017, we surveyed members on what they think of HLA and want in the future. Feedback was positive, with 83% saying their membership was valuable.  Members want more knowledge-sharing, more training, access to jobs and chances to network – globally. Therefore HLA is raising funds to deliver:

  • Training and education: via global workshops and online webinars
  • Professionalism: via lobbying and collaboration with training partnerships
  • A connected global community: through better use of social media and running events, such as the annual dinner and regional general meetings
  • Research and knowledge-sharing: further developing our Hum-Log Portal (see below).

How can you help?

By renewing your membership. There are thee types of membership:

Associate (free) membership – only available to students and those in Least Developed Countries. It excludes access to our Hum-Log Portal.

Full (paid) membership – we are asking that anyone outside a Least Developed Country pays a modest fee of US $35 a year. This gives full access to our website, including the Hum-Log Portal, plus will give discounts off training and events that we run. We are starting to negotiate discounts with suppliers and partner organisations, and fully expect benefits to far outweigh the cost of membership in the near future.

Corporate membership – for aid and private sector organisations and priced according to annual turnover. It gives full website access, plus discounts for all people employed by the organisation. If you ask, your employer may agree to take out corporate membership on your behalf.

What is the HLA Hum-Log Portal?

The HLA Hum-Log Portal is a collection of over 100 links (increasing regularly) to valuable knowledge on humanitarian logistics practice, curated from various reputable sources, as well as HLA original content.

It is searchable by keyword and subject type, using our own taxonomy covering eight key humlog areas: preparedness; assessment and planning; procurement; warehousing & inventory management; transport & fleet management; last mile distribution; recovery; and rehabilitation.

We have just received a modest UK grant to develop the Portal and are starting to work with a number of UK and overseas academics specialising in hum-log, to further improve the Portal.

What next?

We hope you will support us by joining our new membership scheme. If you are not based in a Least Developed Country, please join as a Full member. This will help accelerate the activities we can undertake and increase the benefits you will gain, plus support those logisticians in countries that most need our help.

Take action and join now – the sooner we raise funds, the sooner we can deliver even greater value. Click here to join as a member.