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Humanitarian logistics: Review and case study of Zimbabwean experiences

Charles Mbohwa
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management | Vol 4, No 1 | a67 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jtscm.v4i1.67 | © 2010 Charles Mbohwa | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 November 2010 | Published: 30 November 2010

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Charles Mbohwa, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Abstract

This paper reviews and presents findings on mini-case studies done on the difficulties and problems faced by humanitarian organisations in running logistics systems in Zimbabwe. Document analysis was done and this was complemented by mini-case studies and semi-structured interviews and site visits. Mini-case studies of the operations of the World Food Programme, the International Red Cross Society and the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society, the World Health Organisation, the United Nations Children's Fund and the Zimbabwean Civil Protection Organisation in Zimbabwe are discussed. These clarify the difficulties and problems faced such as the lack of trained logistics personnel, lack of access to specialised humanitarian logistics courses and research information, the difficulty in using and adapting existing logistics systems in attending to humanitarian logistics and the lack of collaborative efforts that address the area specifically. This study seeks to use primary and secondary information to inform decision-making in humanitarian logistics with possible lessons for neighbouring countries, other regions in Africa and beyond. Activities on collaborative networks that are beneficial to humanitarian logistics are also suggested.

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