On Tuesday, November 15, Aidmatrix joined UPS, CARE, UNICEF, and the American Red Cross in a joint panel discussion about capacity building best practices for humanitarian relief as it relates to warehousing and logistics. We came away with several messages that the whole panel echoed in that in recent years with the large scale disasters that have happened requiring multi-country, multi-agency response efforts, many of our NGOs have been stretched very thin. There is an escalating need to serve more people and an escalating need to reach out beyond the cities into rural and remote areas where logistics can be even more challenging. The concept of “last-mile logistics” becomes all the more important as NGOs strive to track distributions to beneficiaries. We all recognize that we cannot do it alone. These large-scale disasters and changing needs to reach remote peoples require significant collaboration with other agencies. In addition, there is a need to have systems in place to facilitate the tracking of these logistics at a time when donor scrutiny is at an all time high.
It was an insightful conversation and a great springboard for future discussion on the matter of how the public and private sectors can collaborate better to serve those in need.
A recording of the discussion should be available soon and we’ll be sure to post a link to it once it is available.