The humanitarian common logistic operating picture: a solution to the inter-agency coordination challenge
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Although significant progress has been made in developing the practice of humanitarian logistics, further improvements in efficiency and effectiveness have the potential to save lives and reduce suffering. This paper explores how the military/emergency services’ concept of a common operating picture (COP) can be adapted to the humanitarian logistics context, and analyses a practical and proven approach to addressing the key challenge of inter-agency coordination and decision-making. Successful adaptation could provide the mechanism through which predicted and actual demands, together with the location and status of material in transit, are captured, evaluated, and presented in real time as the basis for enhanced decision-making between actors in the humanitarian supply network. Through the introduction of a humanitarian logistics COP and its linkages to national disaster management systems, local communities and countries affected by disasters and emergencies will be better placed to oversee and manage their response activities.
© 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: The humanitarian common logistic operating picture: a solution to the inter-agency coordination challenge, Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, Volume 41, Issue 1, Pages 77–100, 2017 which has been published in final form at 10.1111/disa.12193. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-820227.html#terms)
Logistics and Supply Chain Management