Humanitarian Logistics



Long considered to be a peripheral activity by humanitarian stakeholders, logistics is now recognised as an essential activity that has great influence on a humanitarian operation’s success or failure. Sometimes broadly defined as ‘the processes and systems involved to mobilize people, resources, skills and knowledge to deliver assistance to vulnerable people’, it seems difficult to encounter a single and widely accepted definition of humanitarian logistics. This is notably due to the great variety of actors within the humanitarian sector.


  1. CARE International Emergency Toolkit.
  2. Perrot F “La logistique humanitaire”, teaching module of a lecture given on the 22nd of January 2015 at Institut d’Etudes Humanitaires Internationales, Aix-en-Provence, p. 5,
  3. Sun Tzu, The Art of WarGoogle Scholar
  4. Thomas AS, Kopczak LR (2005) From logistics to supply chain management. The path forward in the humanitarian sector. Fritz InstituteGoogle Scholar
  5. Van Wassenhove LN (2006) Blackett memorial lecture - humanitarian aid logistics: supply chain management in high gear. J Oper Res Soc 57:476Google Scholar

Further Reading

  1. Thomas A (2003a) Humanitarian logistics: enabling disaster response. Fritz InstituteGoogle Scholar
  2. Thomas A (2003b) Why logistics? Forced Migr Rev 18:4Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aix-Marseille UniversityAix-en-ProvenceFrance

Personalised recommendations