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People Powering Enterprise Supply Chains

ByJohn Gattorna

Humanitarian supply chains deal with perhaps the most challenging requirements of any; they must be 'multiple, global, dynamic and temporary'. In Sri Lanka and Indonesia after the Asian tsunami, hundreds of organizations of one form or another responded with offers to provide vital humanitarian support, save lives and assist in essential recovery operations. British and Australian government defence forces were very active in the aftermath of the Asian tsunami and are examples of government defence/military organizations recently initiating collaboration and alignment with humanitarian and private-sector organizations. Kibera has continued to expand in an area five kilometres from downtown Nairobi that the government or humanitarian agencies have failed to address. Humanitarian supply chains typically create a bridge between the world's wealthiest countries, where most of the funding originates, and the world's poorest, where most of the world's disasters occur.