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Supply Chain Management for Humanitarians

Supply Chain Management for Humanitarians

Tools for Practice

Ira Haavisto, Gyöngyi Kovács, Karen Spens

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Examine supply chain management in the context of humanitarian logistics, supported by international practitioner case studies and problem-based learning.

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About the book

Supply Chain Management for Humanitarians provides an in-depth insight into the management of supply chains in the context of humanitarian logistics. This accessible and practical book considers humanitarian logistics from a strategic and operational perspective.

The overarching theme is collaboration and coordination, one of the biggest challenges in the humanitarian community. Supply Chain Management for Humanitarians takes a problem-based learning approach, featuring real cases and examples from leading organizations including Oxfam, Unicef, and The Red Cross.

Each chapter is self-standing, relating the content in each chapter to the supply chain as a whole. This enables the reader to easily dip into different sections. At the end of each chapter, there is a case study written by a leading practitioner currently working in the humanitarian field.

Supply Chain Management for Humanitarians fills a much needed gap in the market and is essential reading for humanitarians worldwide.

Table Of Contents

  • Section - 08: Information technology;
    • Chapter - 8.1: Information systems for humanitarian logistics: concepts and design principles;
    • Chapter - 8.2: GDACSmobile: an IT tool supporting assessments for humanitarian logistics;
  • Section - 09: Sustainability, performance measurement, monitoring/evaluation and exit strategy;
    • Chapter - 9.1: Logistics competency for humanitarian relief: the case of Médecins Sans Frontières;
    • Chapter - 9.2: Community-managed rural water supply in Ethiopia;
    • Chapter - 9.3: Managing supply chain sustainability risks;
    • Chapter - 9.4: Using three-dimensional printing in a humanitarian context: challenges and solutions;
    • Chapter - 9.5: Making performance measurement work in humanitarian logistics: the case of an IT-supported balanced scorecard;
    • Chapter - 9.6: Boko Haram: the security and supply chain management challenges of providing relief;
    • Chapter - 9.7: Measuring the supply chain performance of humanitarian organizations: the case of Thai Red Cross in Chiangmai
    • Chapter - 7.2: The ABC analysis;
    • Chapter - 7.1: Warehousing in humanitarian logistics;
  • Section - 07: Warehouse and inventory management;
    • Chapter - 6.2: Humanitarian aid supply corridors: Europe–Iraq;
    • Chapter - 6.1: Transport in humanitarian supply chains;
  • Section - 06: Transportation, fleet management, delivery and distribution;
    • Chapter - 5.4: Partnerships and innovative procurement as enablers for sustainable development goals;
    • Chapter - 5.3: A procurement project in the Philippines;
    • Chapter - 5.2: Joint tender for freight-forwarding services: promises and pitfalls;
    • Chapter - 5.1: Procurement in humanitarian supply chains;
  • Section - 05: Procurement ;
    • Chapter - 4.2: Forecasts, financing and acceleration of humanitarian logistics: from supply chain to value chain;
    • Chapter - 4.1: Decision making in humanitarian logistics;
  • Section - 04: Decision making in the supply chain;
    • Chapter - 3.2: Case study: partnerships – supply chain strategy;
    • Chapter - 3.1: Supply chain strategy;
  • Section - 03: Supply chain strategy;
    • Chapter - 2.3: Setting up a supply chain network in the Kenyan nutrition sector;
    • Chapter - 2.2: Service triad case study;
    • Chapter - 2.1: Setting up a humanitarian supply network;
  • Section - 02: Setting up a supply chain network;
    • Chapter - 1.2: Exploring logistics competences and capabilities in not-for-profit environments: the case of Médecins Sans Frontières;
    • Chapter - 1.1: Introduction;
  • Section - 01: Logistics and supply chain management in the humanitarian context;


This book is a huge leap forward in professionalizing the field. Practice of good supply chain management can only make delivering relief more effective. Kudos to the contributors and the editors for filling this need.
Nezih Altay, Co-Editor of the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics & Supply Chain Management

Written by expert authors in their field, this book offers a distinct perspective on how the problem-solving capacity of supply chain management principles can help humanitarian organisations and aid workers to operate under conditions that are much more complex, unpredictable and resource-demanding than we find in conventional commercial supply chains. This is well-structured and comprehensive piece of work that guides the reader through well-designed and -executed solutions, and supported by examples from various parts of the world. Cutting across topics such as supply chain strategy, procurement, warehousing, transportation, risk and sustainability combined with generic skills of e.g. decision making and performance measurement, the book paves the way for personal development of aid workers and their humanitarian organisations.
Arni Halldorsson, Professor, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Nobody is more passionate or knowledgeable about humanitarian supply chain management than the HUMLOG team of Ira Haavisto, Gyöngyi Kovács and Karen Spens. They've assembled a great team of authors to guide you through the essentials of managing humanitarian supply chains - from the strategic view at 10,000 metres, to delivering aid where the rubber meets the road. They cover all of the latest topics, including risk, sustainability, and the role of 3D printing. So, if you're interested in travelling the challenging but rewarding highway of humanitarian supply chains, this is the right place to start your journey.
Stan Fawcett, John B Goddard Endowed Chair in Global SCM, and Director, Moyes Center for Supply Chain Excellence, Weber State University

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749474683
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd August 2016
  • 416 pages

About the Author

Dr Ira Haavisto is the director of the HUMLOG Institute. She teaches Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility at Hanken School of Economics in Finland.

Professor Karen Spens is the Dean of Education at Hanken School of Economics, and a professor in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility. She is widely published in the logistics and supply chain industry.

Dr Gyöngyi Kovács is the Erkko Professor in Humanitarian Logistics at the Hanken School of Economics, and the Director of the HUMLOG Institute. She also lectures in supply chain management and corporate geography. She is widely published in the logistics and supply chain industry.

Ira Haavisto

Gyöngyi Kovács

Karen Spens