Humanitarian Logistics Practices in Disaster Relief Operation the Case of Catholic Releif Service Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


Natural and manmade disasters frequently affect people in unexpected way. The efficacy and speed of present and future humanitarian operations and initiatives are dependent on humanitarian logistics. The objective of the research is to assess the humanitarian logistics practices of CRS in disaster response operation. Specifically, the study is intended to assess the humanitarian logistics practices of CRS in terms of procurement, transport and warehouse management as well as identify factors affecting it. A descriptive research design was utilized in combination with a mixed research technique in this study. Because the target population is so tiny, a census survey is used. Questionnaires were used to obtain data from the logistics employees. To collect data from the logistics staffs using questionnaires mainly from supply chain and logistics, program officers, emergence management, procurement officers. Procurement, transportation, and warehouse management are all performed here, according to the study's results, although procurement and transportation procedures need to be emphasized more. The challenges of infrastructure condition, accessibility, security, and limited technological utilization were noted. Therefore the organization needs to improve the humanitarian logistics practices by implementing the humanitarian policy and strategies on the organization and using the advance technology in the relief operation. By partnering with similar organization CRS needs to request for assistance from the government in the improvement on facilities.



Disaster, humanitarian, logistics