MIT co-organizing the annual Health and Humanitarian Logistics Conference
The MIT Humanitarian Response Lab is co-organizing the 2013 Health and Humanitarian Logistics Conference, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on June 4-5, 2013. The conference, now in its fifth year, is being held for the first time in Asia, which accounted for 86.3% of reported disaster victims in 2011.
An analysis of the critical transportation corridors for WFP's Ethiopian supply chain
The WFP’s transport of food aid to Ethiopia’s landlocked population is constrained by trans-shipment processing bottlenecks at the port, and limited availability of trucks for inland transport. This thesis analyzes the quantitative and qualitative factors used in selecting routes and mitigating port bottlenecks.
Optimizing the UN fleet of trucks and helicopters to deliver aid
This project focuses on transportation planning for emergency response, from both a behavioral and a modeling perspective. One key element missing from our understanding of humanitarian supply chains is the role of people, whose ability to improvise and to learn from experience may provide some advantages in the humanitarian context. On the other hand, mathematical models can better handle complex information and search large decision spaces. This project seeks to develop better decision-making approaches by understanding and building upon the strengths of people and models.
MIT co-organizing first visit to Asia for annual Health and Humanitarian Logistics Conference
The fifth Health and Humanitarian Logistics Conference will be held June 4-5, 2013, in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. The two-day event features panels and interactive workshops with experts from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), industry, academia and government. This is the first time this conference will be held in Asia, which accounted for 86.3% of reported disaster victims in 2011. Home to strategic UN and Red Cross warehouses, Malaysia is the hub for humanitarian logistics in the region.
Humanitarian Logistics course open to students from various programs
The MIT graduate course on Humanitarian Logistics (ESD.283) explores how supply chains play a key role in responding to humanitarian crises and provide the backbone for community resilience in the future. Students learn how logistics design and management principles apply in dynamic, resource-constrained contexts. Class sessions combine interactive presentations, case discussions, practical exercises, and guest speakers.
An analysis of WFP operations in the Somali region of Ethiopia
Security concerns and poor infrastructure in the Somali region of Ethiopia endanger and delay the flow of commodities through the WFP’s supply chain. This thesis analyzes the impact on transportation rates and transit time, assesses methods to mitigate risks, such as escorted convoys, and proposes some new approaches to improve the overall security of commodity flows.
Modeling transportation pricing for the WFP’s Ethiopian supply chain
How can WFP Ethiopia better manage third-party transportation carriers to improve service quality and reduce costs? This study uses an econometric analysis of historical transportation rates in Ethiopia to determine cost/service drivers and predictive parameters. We also develop indicators to measure carrier performance and create a tool to facilitate carrier selection.