Essays on Humanitarian Aid Logistics - UNICEF Case Study

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The paper "Humanitarian Aid Logistics - UNICEF " is a great example of a business case study.   With the increased conflict existing in different countries and the unexpected natural calamities in different times of the year, billions of people are exposed to insecurity and others find themselves having no option but to leave their countries when faced with conflicting situations. The work of humanitarian aid comes into relief the people affected and give them solutions to cope with their present state of life. UNICEF is such a humanitarian aid agency that has been vested with the work of taking care of those affected either by natural calamities or war.

As an agent of help, UNICEF has a goal of saving lives and increasing humanitarian awareness of their surroundings in terms of education for children and protection and health for everyone (Tignor 2004). The agency does not carry out this activity on its own, hence it has partnered with other agencies such as the European Union and the Red Cross to assist each other in humanitarian efforts of saving lives. It being a worldwide humanitarian agency, it has come up with logistics that guide the work done ensuring that its goals are achieved with efficiency and at the best time possible.

This discussion will concentrate more on the types of logistics in the organisation and will give an explanation of how the logistics activities are used to add value in terms of form, place and time utility, how the challenges of the logistics activities can be overcome in relation to the utility of time, place and form. Later, there will be a conclusion giving a summary of what will have been discussed in the essay. Logistical activities UNICEF has a broad set of logistical activities that they are responsible for and among them is providing services that other countries that are in war-torn countries cannot provide.

In the supply division, UNICEF is tasked with the responsibility of giving services to women and children as their goal is majorly focused on them as they are seen to be weak in society. In their logistics, they procure their services with integrity as there is a lot of confidential information that has to be received from the suppliers.

In their procurement activities, the countries that are in charge of supplying materials are required to refer to the programme that the supply is intended for (Kumar 1999). As an activity, UNICEF has the responsibility of partnering with other organisation as part of logistics as it is through them that the suppliers are reliable for the provision of quality products. Another logistical activity is early childhood development where this activity was founded to monitor the response of children exposed to countries that experience war or any kind of emergency.

In the activities undertaken, UNICEF as an aid agency looks after the children health, nutrition, their hygiene and their level of education. In the logistics, the children through the sponsors are exposed to learning opportunities and are presented to a better environment where they acquire optimal growth in terms of their brain development and their health where they relate with the society in a positive way though exposed to a hostile environment. In the logistical activities, UNICEF creates a safe environment for learning where skills are developed and nurtured.

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