To achieve the success of a relief effort in the face of global emergencies such as flood, earthquakes, wars etc, humanitarian logistics and supply chain play a key role focusing on rapidly delivering the correct amount of goods, people and monetary resources to the needed locations. However, effective delivery of humanitarian aid is an issue that is becoming increasingly important when it comes to disaster management, especially, with the frequent occurrence and increase in the magnitude and impact of both natural and manmade disasters. Therefore, it has become extremely important that the logistics systems and supply chains responsible for delivering this aid from origin to recipients become both effective and efficient.
There has been a challenge for government, non government and other relief agencies responding to unpredictable environment how to prepare and manage relief activities. The role of these relief agencies now entails not just following the operational specialty but also managing issues of concern to the people at large.
There has also been a growing realization of the indispensability of coordinated response to emergencies. Coordination involves, amongst other factors, efficient information exchange. Good logistic supply chain management and its requisite management information system will greatly facilitate such coordination. A Disaster response operation involves trade-offs of speed, cost, and accuracy with regard to the type of goods that are delivered and their quantities. Balancing these trade-offs requires a means of measuring supply chain performance; however, the inability to centrally capture time and cost data related to the procurement and distribution of goods has prevented a systematic process of performance measurement from being implemented.
Responding to the need of the people, there is a reason to look to the future with optimism. The development of information technology system that can provide visibility to the disaster relief supply chain is a huge step forward for the humanitarian sector as a whole. As more organizations begin to adopt and implement these systems and visibility is established, the use of key performance indicator will then become essential to further enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of these supply chains.
The summit will provide a highly interactive and collaborative environment for the participants where ideas will be shared around emerging themes in the area of Humanitarian logistics. Through this conference, IIM Raipur takes a step forward in forging synergies between various non-government organizations, government agencies, corporate, academia and so on, to expedite a better reach of humanitarian response.
22nd to 23rd September 2013
Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India
Contact person: Sumeet Gupta
The summit will provide a highly interactive and collaborative environment for the participants where ideas will be shared around emerging themes in the area of Humanitarian logistics.
Organized by: Indian Institute of Management Raipur
Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 30th June 2013
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