YOGYAKARTA – Programme on Humanitarian Action, Institute of International Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada (POHA-IIS) organised NOHA AISBL-UGM School on Humanitarian Supply Chain Management and Logistics on January 22nd – 24th, 2018. The three-day short course was part of POHA-IIS collaboration with the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA-AISBL), NOHA Master’s Programme at the University of Groningen, and the European Commission. It aims to disperse the highly specialised knowledge on supply chain management and logistics.
Being situated in the Ring of Fire, Indonesia is extremely prone to natural disasters and is well known as “disasters laboratory”. Yet the government and the society at large have limited disaster awareness and preparedness. This is where we need an immediate and effective distribution of aid. As underlain by Muhadi Sugiono, representative of POHA-IIS, in his opening speech, there were moments where humanitarian workers fail to comprehend the complexities of logistics and aid management. Thus, unintentionally, they do more harm than good. Dr. Paripurna, vice rector of Universitas Gadjah Mada, said that such training is necessary to improve disaster preparedness and humanitarian aid distribution. Prof. Dr. Joost Herman, the president of NOHA-AISBL, acknowledged UGM as one of the prominent partners for NOHA in developing knowledge on humanitarian action.
The short course invites various experts in the field. In the first day, Dr. Ratih Kusumastuti (Universitas Indonesia), assigned the class to play Root Beer Game Simulation. This simulation portrays a basic supply chain link consisted of four roles: factory (producer), distributor, wholesaler, and retailer. Then, Dr. Joost Herman guided the participants to develop a Rich Picture Design, as visualisation of disaster cycle.
In the second day, there were four lectures from different trainers. The first lecture was delivered by Dr. Ratih Kusumastuti, discussing procurement and warehousing as a part of the humanitarian supply chain. Then, Paolo Vaggi, who currently works for Save the Children Myanmar, discuss his experience as a humanitarian operation manager inside a refugee camp in Rakhine. In the following session, Mayor PnB Adi Putra Buana, M.I.Pol (Indonesian Air Force) and Ton Strik (Royal Dutch Armed Force – ret.) presented military roles in post-disaster response and civilian-military cooperation in regards to disaster risk reduction. After break, Rudi Phadmanto, MBA (Indonesian National Agency for Disaster Management, BNPB) and Dr. Juhri Iwan (Center for Transportation and Logistic Studies, PUSTRAL UGM) explored on how to build local and regional capacity building.
In the third day, the school was closed by Rich Picture Design group presentation guided by Dr. Joost. The groups present their findings in front of the class. There were many interesting cases demonstrated. In the closing speech, Dr. Joost stated that this three-day school is a pre-event to an opening branch of Southeast Asia NOHA that will be held next November at Universitas Gadjah Mada. [AN]