The operation behind the global effort to support over 150 million people

Publié: 30 janvier 2013 13:35 CET

By Kate Roux in Bangkok

Annually the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), in partnership with its member Red Cross Red Crescent societies, takes part in more than 400 humanitarian operations worldwide. Behind the scenes, the IFRC Global Logistics Service meticulously manages the procurement, transport and delivery processes that make sure assistance reaches those who need it most.  

Today in Bangkok, the IFRC’s Global Logistics Service is taking the opportunity to showcase its work at the Aid and International Development Forum, a high-profile event that has been taking place for over ten years with key humanitarian organisations and private sector partners. This year the IFRC logistics team is reaching out with its global capacity and more than 90 years of experience.

“The forum is a great opportunity for us to engage in expert discussions, share relevant knowledge, and learn from the experience of others,” says Birgitte Olsen, head of Global Logistics Service. “The world today is facing diverse challenges, and the humanitarian business needs to keep up.” The IFRC South-East Asia regional office, American Red Cross and French Red Cross are also participating in the development forum.

Globally around 20 billion US dollars are spent delivering humanitarian aid each year. Logistics activities account for 60-80 per cent of that figure. Since 2008, the Global Logistics Service of the IFRC has been offering humanitarian logistics services on a non-profit basis to third parties ‘with shared humanitarian goals.’

“How can we make a better use of existing platforms, avoid duplication of effort, and consolidate resources to ensure sustainable development? Forums like this provide an excellent opportunity to flag common challenges, seek synergies and find better solutions for the world’s humanitarian need.” Olsen says.

Using the experience and capacity of the Red Cross Red Crescent global network and guided by the Fundamental Principles, it supports to deliver aid effectively to approximately 150 million people each year.

For more information on the Global Logistics Service click here.