The Emergency Supply Pre-Positioning Strategy (ESUPS) project was started by a group of stakeholders interested in improving the pre-positioning of relief items as an emergency preparedness measure, as outlined in the Emergency Response Preparedness (ERP) framework created by IASC.
A Working Group was created and its inaugural meeting was held at the 2016 edition of the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW), taking place every year in Geneva, Switzerland. On this occasion, the discussion focused on the following aspects: the lack of information sharing on pre-positioned relief items among humanitarian organisations; the importance of acquiring knowledge on which items to pre-position (supported by data); the way toward a global cohesive pre-positioning strategy, which would have an impact on both the humanitarian community and governments of disaster-affected countries; how to influence donors to invest more in emergency preparedness. The discussion laid the foundation for ESUPS project priorities and activities to be undertaken.
ESUPS Working Group is composed of and open to Member States, Red Cross/Crescent Movement, NGOs, Academic Institutions, UN Agencies, and Regional Organizations that work in logistics preparedness and pre-positioning at strategic and operational levels.
In addition to the broader Working Group, ESUPS is led by a Steering Group (SG). The role of the SG is to provide advice, strategic direction, policy guidance and oversight, supporting the ESUPS Project Manager in the delivery of the project outputs and the achievement of the project outcomes.
The SG is currently chaired by Welthungerhilfe. The other members are UNHRD, Action Against Hunger, The British Red Cross, The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), The International Organization for Migration (IOM), Save the Children, USAID/OFDA, Pennsylvania State University (PSU), and PLAN International.
Further details on the role and responsibilities of ESUPS Working Group and Steering Group are indicated in the TOR.
ESUPS project is currently funded by USAID.