More than 22 experts from aid organisations, the logistics services sector and the world of science played an active role in the BVL working group "Humanitarian Logistics". The aim was to initiate an intensive dialogue on modern logistics concepts for developing countries and NICs in order to identify and rectify the logistical problems encountered when providing support and assistance. A further goal was to generate stimuli for the development of processes that will improve the economic and social situation in underdeveloped countries in the long term. Through its involvement in the scientific and practical development of the theme of humanitarian logistics, BVL is underlining its commitment to its social responsibilities.
Definition of humanitarian logistics:
Provision of food, water, medical supplies and other basic supplies in acute and ongoing disaster situations
Repair of damage, support for the victims, rebuilding of the infrastructure
Development of adapted distribution concepts, e.g. for remote rural regions in developing countries#
Promotion of logistics education and further training in developing countries
Aid organisations are given the opportunity to discuss their specific logistics problems together with the industry and to develop new solutions. The companies, in turn, can use the resulting insights to develop new business models and products for the humanitarian sector. Scientists can gain insights into the practical processes involved in humanitarian logistics and use the information to draw up new research topics and guidelines for action - for effective help is impossible without efficient logistics: around 80 percent of costs in the field of disaster aid are logistics costs (purchasing, procurement, storage, transport etc.) [Source: Schulz, Sabine (2010)]
The findings of the "Humanitarian Logistics working group were presented at the 28th International Supply Chain Conefrence in Berlin in October. They are also available as a book, published by DVV Media Group.