Thursday, 26 July 2012

One of the things we don't do.....

Strange to start a post with a link to someone else's organisation; but you know me every now and again I like to throw a serious post about what The Logistics Project stands for.  Sometimes it is as important to know what you don't do, as it is to know what you do do (anyone sniggering at the term "do do" may leave the room now).  Anyone who has worked in disaster relief will know it is critical in the early days to rule out things that you aren't going to do or else you would get swamped.  Even within the things you are going to do you have to know what you are not going to do, for instance a WASH actor might say we want to put in hand pumps but we are not going to put one on every street corner.

At The Logistics Project one of the things we are really committed to is not duplicate effort , we'd rather support something someone else is doing well rather than try and set up a similar or identical system.  One of the things we are passionate to see is great baseline data for the logistics effort in disasters so that when you arrive in town it is more a question of crossing off what doesn't now work rather than trying to build an entire picture in the confusion of the immediate rescue phase.  We were getting started with a project we called Baseline when our good friend Michael Keizer tweeted about  The Logistics Cluster's D_LCA project.  The Digitial Logistics Capacity Assesment is a Logs Cluster product and captures much of what we were looking at doing with Baseline so .....R.I.P. Baseline.

"excellent work from the logs cluster"
We definitely do not want to re-invent the wheel, D-LCA looks to be in the early stages but just to have a platform to work on is a big step and shows us the way.  Way back when I worked with UNJLC we used to publish handbooks but the digital medium makes these tools far more useful as they are easily searchable.  Currently there is no means to submit data that you may have gathered in the course of your work nor are there templates for you to be able to fill or an accreditation to be able to contribute.  The D-LCA project is a cooperation between three different units within WFP – the Logistics Cluster, the Logistics Support Unit (LSU) and the Field Support Unit (FSU).

Hopefully in time there will be a way for qualified NGO, Military or commercial logisticians to contribute to this great project.  We for one are and will be fully behind it, because one of the things we don't do is duplicate effort because it wastes valuable resource, brings confusion and makes things that should be collaborative; competitive.  Well done WFP and The Logistics Cluster on getting this to the web.

1 comment:

  1. First of all: kudos for not forging ahead with Baseline regardless; too many organisations and people would be too convinced of the superiority of their own product to make a decision like this. Well done!

    And then some good news: there is a way to contribute, although I do agree that it is rather roundabout: use the 'Share Logistics Information' form on the Logcluster website. I am not sure whether this would bring your input directly to the D-LCA people, but I am confident that eventually it would get on the correct desk (and more importantly: incoporated into D-LCA).