Empowering Humanitarian Logistics Resilience


As the world faces increasing and unprecedented challenges, humanitarian logistics is the central element of crisis response when conventional supply chains are disrupted by natural disasters or complex emergencies. Leveraging the power of partnerships and collective action, a global network must activate to ensure the efficient delivery of vital aid to crisis-affected communities. 


In this paper we seek to define a vision for effective humanitarian logistics, outlining actors and challenges tied to supplying crisis-affected areas. It puts forth ideas to improve global preparedness, reflecting our shared commitment to a future where logistics sustain and illuminate the aspirations of communities worldwide.

Defining humanitarian logistics

Humanitarian logistics is key to crisis response, orchestrating supply chain operations in dire and time-sensitive situations. With lives at stake, the seamless flow of essential goods becomes paramount. This encompasses planning, procurement, transportation, warehousing, and distribution of resources to alleviate human suffering during disasters, conflicts, and emergencies.


Climate change impacts and adaptations

The relevance of climate change to humanitarian logistics is two-fold; impacting both relief delivery and global demand for the sector’s intervention. Our world faces more frequent and severe climate change related disasters, where increased socio-economic vulnerabilities can prolong the length of crises.


Navigating the landscape: challenges and players

Humanitarian logistics thrives within a complex yet interconnected ecosystem of actors, where both public and private sectors converge to provide a tapestry of support.


Private sector participation

Private sector participation is vital, with its collaboration allowing both humanitarian and private entities to leverage their strengths and make humanitarian logistics more efficient. By using their unique skill sets, these organisations can work together to address crisis challenges, providing fast and effective aid when needed.



Humanitarian expenditures


73% of humanitarian expenditures are linked to supply chain activities

Disasters since 1979


62% of total disasters since 1979 were caused by weather, climate or water

Cost of climate-related humanitarian response

$20 billion

The cost of climate-related humanitarian response is projected to reach US$20 billion by 2030

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