Problems, Issues and Inefficiencies in Humanitarian Logistics

Topics: Humanitarian aid, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Supply chain management Pages: 49 (13405 words) Published: January 8, 2009
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Table of Contents

Title Page1
Table of Contents4
Glossary of Terms6
Personal Development Project7
Part A7
Section 17
1.2 How do we learn?7
1.3 Previous experience and current approach to learning8 1.4 Working as part of a team8
1.5 Areas of weakness11
1.6 Applications of learning style tests14
1.7 Accuracy of learning style tests15
Section 217
2.1 Life long learning17
2.2 Career choices18
Part B – Problems, Issues and Inefficiencies in Humanitarian Logistics.20 Abstract20
Section 122
1.1 Brief history of humanitarian aid organisations22
Section 2 – Literature review23
2.1 Issues with humanitarian relief23
2.2 Future of humanitarian logistics23
2.3 Communication and coordination amongst organisations24 2.4 Consistency of emergency relief – or lack of26
2.5 Information systems26
2.6 Agile supply chain and funding restrictions28
2.7 Warehouse locations and stock management32
2.7.1 Third party logistics specialist36
2.8 Professional qualifications in humanitarian logistics36 2.9 Lessons learned and knowledge transfer37
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