ESUPS supports the definition of coordinated and coherent strategies for the pre-positioning of emergency supplies, at national and regional level. These ensure that the humanitarian community has the right relief items, in the right quantities and in the right locations. In addition, coordinated and coherent pre-positioning strategies help to avoid or minimise duplication or gaps in emergency supplies. Ultimately, this measure facilitates the timely and efficient dispatch and replenishment of humanitarian 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 localisation agenda, in line with the actions that the humanitarian community worldwide committed to during the World Humanitarian Summit. In particular, ESUPS relates directly to some of the Core Commitments which are part of the round table on “Natural disasters and climate change: managing risks & crises differently“. These are: 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).
ESUPS aims to contribute to fulfill these commitments by providing tools and information to local authorities holding decision-making power. These will enhance their essential role in delivering assistance during humanitarian response operations.
- Increase the overall speed of a response by ensuring that relevant relief items are available in the most appropriate locations. This measure helps to reduce delivery time of emergency supplies.
- 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.