Master of Advanced Studies
in Humanitarian Logistics and Management

Mashlm

Executive Summaries

Humanitarian Operations Executive Summaries 

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

The richness of this advanced material is that it contains real-life situations in humanitarian logistics and operations across a variety of contexts, such as migration, military conflicts, , emergency operations, negotiations, fundraising, stakeholder coordination, environmental impact, ICT, and others.  

We believe that Humanitarian Operations studies have a growing role in the relationship of organizations, companies, and governments with the public, between and within organizations. There are many tools available to access, analyze and practice humanitarian operations, logistics and management at an advanced and professional level. 

The students from the Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management are professionals working with logistics, operations, and management, coming from over 60 countries so far and most of them have written their theses in a non-native language. No material from these summaries can be reproduced without permission. © Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland. 

 

Case Studies humanitarian logistics supply chain management

_____________________________
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                                      
                                     

Case Studies humanitarian logistics supply chain management

_____________________________
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                                    
                                 

Case Studies humanitarian logistics supply chain management

_____________________________
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                                          

Case Studies humanitarian logistics supply chain management

_____________________________
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                                                  

Case Studies humanitarian logistics supply chain management

_____________________________
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                                                     

Case Studies humanitarian logistics supply chain management

_____________________________
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                 

Case Studies humanitarian logistics supply chain management

_____________________________
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                                      

Case Studies humanitarian logistics supply chain management

_____________________________
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                                           

Case Studies humanitarian logistics supply chain management

_____________________________
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                                                 

Case Studies humanitarian logistics supply chain management

_____________________________
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                           

Case Studies humanitarian logistics supply chain management

_____________________________
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                              

Case Studies humanitarian logistics supply chain management

_____________________________
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                                                  

Case Studies humanitarian logistics supply chain management

_____________________________
Driven out by Drought in Somalia

More than half of Somalians risk starvation caused by repeated droughts.
To prevent them, the government could examine land use reforms and livestock
production patterns and implement regional and national collaborations
Keywords: Migration | Climate Change | Mitigation Policies                                              

Case Studies humanitarian logistics supply chain management

_____________________________
Just Lying There: What to Do with the Dead

After a major earth earthquake in Dhaka, Bangladesh, accepted protocol for 
fatality management was insufficient. Consideration for the dignity of loved
ones among other concerns are explored.
Keywords: Fatality Protocol | Legal Framework | Response Policy                                  

Case Studies humanitarian logistics supply chain management

_____________________________
Somalia’s Fleeing Youth: Why do they leave?

To curb the flow of fleeing youth, underlying causes must be addressed such as
the leadership failure, corruption and proxy wars. Desperate youth risk their lives
for a chance for a better future.
Keywords: Migration | Mitigation Policies | Leadership | Corruption                                

Case Studies humanitarian logistics supply chain management

_____________________________
Successfully Integrating Somali Refugees into Sweden

Cultural differences marginalize recent arrivals. Recommendations for Swedish
authorities and refugees to improve integration are examined.
Keywords: Migration | Integration | Multiculturalism                                                           
                                                          

Case Studies humanitarian logistics supply chain management

_____________________________
Contributing Factors to the Ebola Epidemic in Liberia

Inadequate reporting procedures and lack of staff training made an effective and
rapid response to the Ebola crisis a challenge. Recommendations for
collaboration and planning are proposed.
Keywords: Health Care | Epidemic | Medical Supply Chain                                                

Case Studies humanitarian logistics supply chain management

_____________________________
Fixing cash distribution to Refugees in Yemen

Internally displaced refugees in Yemen suffer from hunger and do not have clean
water.They rely on cash payments from the United Nations yet are often left waiting.
This paper explores ways to reduce waiting periods and suffering.
Keywords: ICT | Refugee | Internally Displaced Persons | Lean Six Sigma                      

Case Studies humanitarian logistics supply chain management

_____________________________
The Role of the Military in Humanitarian Relief

In areas of conflict, the military are often first on the scene in humanitarian crises.
This paper examines how the military can collaborate with humanitarian agencies
to improve the lives of displaced persons.
Keywords: Civil-Military Relations | IDP Internally Displaced Persons                             

Case Studies humanitarian logistics supply chain management

_____________________________
Optimizing UNICEF’s Global Warehouse Hub Structure

Maintaining supplies in key locations around the world is at the heart of UNICEF’s
early response capability. This structured mapping of theoretical locations proposes
new locations to reduce transit time.
Keywords: Supply Chain Optimization | Centre of Gravity | Transportation                     

Case Studies humanitarian logistics supply chain management

_____________________________
Cloud-based System for Delivery of Medical Supplies in Sudan

Ongoing conflicts have caused a surge of refugees into Sudan, mostly children.
To relieve suffering, RapidPro, a real-time app, calls for the collaboration between
international humanitarian agencies and the local Ministry of Health.
Keywords: ICT | Cloud Services | Medical Relief