Master of Advanced Studies
in Humanitarian Logistics and Management


Executive Summaries

These executive summaries represent the raw material developed by students as part of the thesis required for their Swiss MAS degree. In the Humanitarian Logistics and Management Program, we embrace applied research and students have often implemented their findings in their work as humanitarian professionals.

MASHLM students are from over 60 countries so far and most of them have written their thesis in a non-native language. No material can be reproduced without permission. © Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland.

Online fundraising in Switzerland

Why are small Swiss social and humanitarian organizations not penetrating the
online market in spite of the steady increase in online activity?                              
Keywords: Information Technology | Fundraising | Switzerland                                      

Coordinating Military and Humanitarian Action

How to find a balance between the preservation the humanitarian space and the
need for engaging with the military in increasingly complex crises.                        
Keywords: Supply Chain | Civil-Military | Mali | System dynamic                                     

How can a stockout jeopardize lives?

During conflict or disasters, running out of stock of key medical or humanitarian aid
items can be tragic. This project proposes a tool to analyze inventory data to identify
reasons for stockouts.
Keywords: Inventory management | KPI | Monitoring | Sudan                                       

Do young people know the risks of unauthorized migration?

Challenges can include long stays in refugee camps and life-threatening situations.
Most leavers are young men, and they leave because of conflicts, natural disasters,
and wars, to work or study, or improve their lives.
Keywords: Migration | Reasons to migrate | Afghanistan                                                  

Reintegrating in Iraq

Are current reintegration programs sustainable? Are returners faced with the same
issues the migrants for avoiding further irregular migration attempts and what are
necessary changes possible to make the programs more effective?
Keywords: Migration | Return to original country | Iraq                                                      

The Crucial Role of Women in Humanitarian Organisations

Females receiving aid prefer to interact with interact with female logisticians and
supply chain workers. Despite the many positive capabilities of females in this
discipline, there are major cultural barriers agencies in employing females.
Keywords: Human resources | Gender equality | Humanitarian field | Global                  

Relationship Building to Optimize Medical Supply Distribution

This managerial approach expands the role of lead buyers so they can adeptly
respond to crises by controlling more of the supply centrally and strengthening
their relationships to suppliers to reduce lead times.
Keywords: Procurement | Process design | Global | Preparation                                      

An Aids-Free Generation in Côte d’Ivoire

Ministry of Health policies are captured in a system dynamics model to project
the instance of HIV/AIDS into the future. Stakeholders can see how their decisions
to allocate budget in different programs can affect the epidemic.
Keywords: Healthcare | Policy Design | HIV/AIDS | Ivory Cost                                           

Fleet Readiness for Disaster Response

The IOM International Organization for Migration has vehicles scattered around the
globe. To deploy them effectively, the IOM must set standards and implement
policies to create a solid fleet management platform within the organization.
Keywords: Fleet management | Organization policy | IOM                                                 

From Emergency Response to Post-Crisis

Transition does not happen by itself. Understanding the needs of different phases
of response, and managing resources and capacity to efficiently face each phase
encourages development.
Keywords: Strategic planning | Transition from response to recovery                             

The Trouble with Getting Data in Iraq

Data overload carries additional financial, technical and social costs to the system.
Excessive quantities of data could seriously jeopardize the delivery of assistance
by the IOM to the vulnerable population.
Keywords: Information management | Data | Iraq | System dynamics                              

Accessing the Vulnerable in Syria

How does the funding of humanitarian aid, the security situation on the ground and
coordination among humanitarian organizations interact to affect the accessibility
of humanitarian aid to vulnerable populations in Syria?
Keywords: Security in operations | Relief delivery | Syria