ESUPS supports the definition of coordinated and coherent national and regional pre-positioning strategies. These will ensure that the humanitarian community has the right core relief items, in the right quantities and in the right locations. Coordinated and coherent pre-positioning strategies also help to avoid or reduce to a minimum duplication or gaps in emergency supplies. Ultimately, this measure facilitates the timely and efficient dispatch and replenishment of stocks.

The project aims to:

  • Reduce gaps and overlaps in emergency supplies pre-positioning.
  • Improve the predictability and relevance of pre-positioned emergency supplies.
  • Promote the collaborative practices of loan-borrowing, joint procurement, data sharing and branding postponement.
  • Support a logistics localization agenda, in line with commitments made by the humanitarian community worldwide; in particular, ESUPS relates directly to some of the Core Commitments proposed for the round table on “Natural disasters and climate change: managing risks & crises differently“: Core Commitment 2 (Commit to reinforce national and local leadership and capacities in managing disaster and climate-related risks through strengthened preparedness and predictable response and recovery arrangements), Core Commitment 3 (Commit to improve the understanding, anticipation and preparedness for disaster and climate-related risks by investing in data, analysis and early warning, and developing evidence-based decision-making processes that result in early action) and Core Commitment 5 (Commit to ensure regional and global humanitarian assistance for natural disasters complements national and local efforts). This goal will be achieved by providing tools and information to local authorities holding decision-making power, to enhance their essential role in delivering assistance during humanitarian response operations.
  • Increase the overall speed of a response by ensuring the appropriate relief items are stored in the most appropriate locations, thus reducing delivery time.
  • Ensure that donors funds are used more efficiently by improving stock-related preparedness measures.

The most critical relief items we focus on are blankets, hygiene kits, kitchen sets, latrines, mosquito nets, tarpaulins, shelter kits, tents, water containers, water purification units, solar lights and generators.

This list is not exclusive and ESUPS will adapt depending on the context of intervention.