The Logistics Cluster is a group of humanitarian organizations who work together to ensure an efficient and effective logistics response takes place in every humanitarian emergency where the Logistics Cluster is activated. WFP’s expertise and extensive capacity in humanitarian logistics led to WFP accepting the role and responsibility of Lead Agency of the Logistics Cluster.
In order to ensure life-saving relief cargo reaches affected populations in time, the Logistics Cluster provides coordination services to the logistics sector and, if needed, augments logistics infrastructure and provides common logistics services for the humanitarian community as a whole.
Information sharing and management among humanitarian partners and actors is also a critical function of the Logistics Cluster. In this capacity, key information on Logistics Cluster operations such as UNHAS flight schedules, detailed lists of available local transporters, storage, etc. is made available to all partners via the Logistics Cluster website-- enabling them to quickly and efficiently organize an emergency response to a sudden onset and complex emergency. Over the past two years, this website has acted an information hub for the aid community, receiving more than 1 million page views.
WFP and the Logistics Cluster
In its role as the Logistics Cluster lead, WFP has been provided with an additional opportunity to work towards fulfilling three of its strategic objectives: saving lives in emergencies, restoring and rebuilding lives and livelihoods after emergencies and working to strengthen the capacities of at-risk countries to respond to emergencies as they arise.
The Creation of Logistics Cluster
The Logistics Cluster was created as a result of a Humanitarian Reform process launched by the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, through the Inter-Agency Standing Committee. The Reform aimed to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian response by ensuring greater predictability, accountability and partnership among humanitarian actors. Out of this, the ‘Cluster’ system was born (for more information on the Cluster system, please click here).