UN Survey: Corona Impact on Humanitarian Supply Chain

Humanitarian organizations all around the globe continue running their operations, even during the coronavirus crisis. How is the humanitarian supply chain impacted by the coronavirus? KLU participated in a survey that gives some initial insight on the subject.

Humanitarian organizations like NGOs (e.g. Red Cross) and the United Nations organizations (e.g.United Nations World Food Program, WFP) need gear such as personal protective equipment (PPE), blankets, medicine, and IT from suppliers for their disaster response and development programs in countries affected by the crisis or elsewhere. Travel bans, delays, or increased costs could occur, resulting in negative impacts on their missions.

Close to 80 humanitarian organizations took part in a survey which is now being analyzed by KLU Prof. Maria Besiou and Mojtaba Salem, PhD candidate. The survey was conducted by the Logistics Cluster (hosted by WFP) and supported by HELP Logistics, a program of the Kühne Foundation.

Corona Crisis: Analyses & Comments
This news is part of the Corona series of analyses and comments with KLU researchers regarding different aspects of the effects of the ongoing coronacrisis on our daily lifes, the economy, our way we work and more. Find all analyses and comments.  

More information:

  • Download the PDF to see the results of the survey.
  • All KLU information relating to the corona crisis can be found here – a collection of news, online events, analyses & comments, and expert contacts:
    www.the-klu.org/corona -