Similar to logistics in the corporate sector in the 1980s, the logistics function in the humanitarian sector is under-recognized, under-utilized and under-resourced. With increasing numbers of natural and man-made disasters, organizations face challenges due to the limited number of available experienced and trained logisticians and a lack of up-to-date technology systems. Organizations recognize that failure to effectively manage the movement of supplies and services causes the supply and logistics chain to stagnate. Despite the exceptional work of humanitarian organizations, disruptions and bottlenecks in the receipt, warehousing transportation, tracking and delivery of relief remain common occurrences.

The Logistics and Supply Chain Solutions program at Fritz Institute brings urgently needed recognition and resources to humanitarian logistics to improve the delivery of aid. The program brings corporate, academic and humanitarian sector supply chain expertise together for more efficient disaster relief operations and the development of a professional community of humanitarian logisticians. The impact of the Logistics and Supply Chain Solutions program includes:
  • Faster and more effective relief delivery to people in need due to improved supply chain management
  • Cost savings to humanitarian organizations due to improved procurement and logistics best practices
  • Professionalization of the logistics function due to greater emphasis on training and accountability
Formal, award-winning training program to become a certified humanitarian logistician, incorporating best practices from both commercial and humanitarian organizations. The Humanitarian Logistics Certification Program was designed to ensure graduates have the skills required to perform competently on the ground in humanitarian emergencies. More
International professional association dedicated to humanitarian logisticians. HLA's mission is to enhance the effectiveness of humanitarian logistics in order to improve service delivery to aid beneficiaries by: increasing professionalism in humanitarian logistics; building a community of practice to develop and disseminate supply chain best practices and knowledge; and providing recognition and visibility to the critical role that logistics plays in the delivery of humanitarian aid. More
Since 2003, Fritz Institute has hosted the Humanitarian Logistics Conference (HLC) in Geneva, Switzerland. Beginning with just a handful of participants, HLC is recognized today as the only forum that brings together over 50 humanitarian logistics professionals to address their common interests in an impartial environment. More
The latest research and studies focused on the humanitarian supply chain. More
More than 38 million people around the world are infected by HIV/AIDS, 25 million in Africa alone.
Fritz Institute has worked closely with us and brought in private sector advisors like Intel that have helped us revamp our entire containment process and it's led to great benefits.
- George Rupp, President,
International Rescue Committee
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