School of Business Academic receives Emerald Highly Commended Paper Award

Dr Graham Heaslip has been awarded the Highly Commended Paper Award by the publisher Emerald. Dr Heaslip’s paper “Services operations management and Humanitarian Logistics” published in the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management has been selected as a Highly Commended Paper. The Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management Editorial Team selected the paper as one of the most impressive pieces of work the team has seen. The paper can be viewed at: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=2042-6747&volume=3&issue=1&articleid=17088900&show=htmlThe global publisher Emerald annually awards papers from each of its journals with the Highly Commended Award, amongst other awards. Continue reading here [...]

School of Business MSc shortlisted for award

The MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management has been shortlisted for the best new postgraduate programme at the upcoming GradIreland awards. The winners will be announced on April 30th. The MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management is the first in the world to combine the academic disciplines of humanitarian logistics and emergency management. The programme builds on the established strengths and reputation of Ireland and in particular Irish Aid, in delivering humanitarian assistance to those in need. Recently students of the MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management participated on Exercise Viking 2014 in the Curragh from April 2nd to April 5th.  VIKING 14 is a Command Post Exercise/Computer Assisted Exercise in the “Spirit of Partnership for Peace” Continue reading here [...]

Who should you donate your money to after a disaster strikes?

The Philippine crisis has raised more questions than answers especially in the area of funding of disaster relief.  People and institutions genuinely want to donate to assist those suffering in the Philippines but are unsure as to which agency they should support. Irish non governmental agencies (NGOs) are typically development agencies and are very good in the development sphere. Irish NGOs have fallen by accident rather than by design into the arena of emergency management as the public assumes this is their function, which it is not – development aid is their core function. So why do Irish NGOs rush to disasters such as those in the Philippines and Haiti? Simple, they need a presence to secure funding from donors. Donor fatigue is a big problem for NGOs, particularly for development Continue reading here [...]

Minister Joe Costello Launches MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management

The Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Trade and Development Mr Joe Costello TD officially launched the new 3U MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management on Friday November 22nd. The post graduate programme is the first collaboration of the 3U partners, NUI Maynooth, Dublin City University (DCU) and the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI), and is the first step in creating richer educational opportunities for students. The launch took place at the Business School in DCU. The MSc in Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management is a unique programme and is the first in the world to combine the academic disciplines of humanitarian logistics and emergency management. The programme builds on the established strengths and reputation Continue reading here [...]

The future role of Ireland in natural disasters

Why does the international aid community fail to learn lessons from sudden-onset natural disasters? In Haiti and more recently in the Philippines the aid community has been too slow in delivering aid to those in need. In Ireland, the response to sudden-onset natural disasters is to send money, people and aid. But is that the most effective use of Ireland’s resources? The aid agencies in Ireland are primarily development agencies and are renowned as such.  However, just because you are a development agency doesn’t mean that you are skilled at emergency relief. These are two distinctly different fields requiring different competencies. Organisations providing the first phase of disaster response need the logistical capacity and capabilities to deliver goods and services quickly to those Continue reading here [...]

Why is the Philipinne aid effort slow in getting to those in need?

The international media is questioning why the Philippine population is not receiving the donated aid. After all, typhoon Haiyan was not unexpected, it was well flagged by meteorologists. So why the delay in distributing the aid to those in need? There a number of reasons for the delay. The simple answer being put forward by the UN and the Philippine government is that there has been a logistics failure. This is partially true. To be fair to the Philippine government, the UN, the IFRC and the international humanitarian aid community, food, water and non food items (such as blankets and shelter) were already pre-positioned in Manila. This is not unusual as the humanitarian community in responding to disasters has pre-positioned emergency supplies as a means for increasing preparedness for natural Continue reading here [...]

Typhoon Haiyan and the humanitarian relief effort

Typhoon Haiyan has hit the Philippines and according to the IFRC and UN over 10,000 deaths have resulted. The Philippine government have mobilised their military in support of the aid community on the ground to provide aid to those in need. In a humanitarian crisis, distributing the correct volumes of assistance efficiently and effectively where and when is needed is crucial. Logistics is the bridge between preparedness and response, procurement and distribution – the critical role being coordination of all activities required to minimize the response time and to maximise the relief in a disaster zone.There are many challenges facing humanitarian organisations after an emergency is declared. How to bridge the relief resource and capability gap is the first challenge. To stage a response and Continue reading here [...]

MSc Humanitarian Logistics and Emergency Management

The organizations providing the first phase of disaster response need the capacity and capabilities to deliver goods and services quickly to those impacted by an event. This is often under difficult circumstances in foreign locations and across cultures. The organisations involved in delivering the aid also need to be responsive in order to quickly provide resources required for the basic necessities of survival in the critical period immediately after an event in order to reduce further loss of life. This programme is a multi-disciplinary programme that provides high quality academic education and professional competencies for personnel working in or intending to work in the area of humanitarian relief to deal with the matters outlined. The programme will provide humanitarian professionals Continue reading here [...]

Funding for Humanitarian Relief

Humanitarian aid is being stretched. Millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa are living with conflict and its legacy; natural disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti and the floods in Pakistan have the power to disrupt and sometimes even paralyse economic and social infrastructure; recovery and reconstruction remain uneven following large-scale conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan; and political turmoil is escalating in parts of the Middle East and North Africa. In many instances the people already affected by crises face additional threats, their livelihoods made more insecure by the effects of climate change and the vagaries of the global economy. The international humanitarian response to these needs reached US$16.7 billion in 2010. If this preliminary, partial estimate proves to be accurate Continue reading here [...]

The Humanitarian Urban Risk Divide

An earthquake can bring hospitals, schools and homes tumbling down with unspeakably tragic consequences. A volcano can throw city airports into chaos. Flood waters can turn well-kept streets into detritus-strewn canals. The drug trade can turn an inner city into a war zone.An epidemic can spread rapidly through a crowded slum. As the pendulum of human development swings increasingly away from the countryside to the city, we see that rapid urbanization and population growth are combining to create enormous new challenges for the humanitarian community and pushing us out of our comfort zone to deal with a strange new urban world. When it comes to the impact of natural disasters, well-run cities can be among the safest places on earth. They can also be the best places to raise a family, for schooling, Continue reading here [...]