What is the current pre-positioned emergency stock?
This pillar revolves around the twofold question of what pre-positioned emergency stock is currently available and where. To answer it, ESUPS is developing a stock data collection platform called STOCKHOLM, which stands for STOCK of Humanitarian Logistics Organisations Mapping. The name refers to the Swedish capital, composed of 14 separate islands (representing humanitarian actors working in silo when it comes to pre-positioning), which are linked through over 50 bridges (reinforcing the overall ideas of exchange, connection and collaboration that drive the ESUPS project).
The STOCKHOLM platform will offer stockholders access to a visual representation of pre-positioned core relief items. Users will be able to filter stock data based on country, province, or any other cross-geographical area; stock data will also be filtered by organisation holding the stock, cluster, and item.
Activities around data collection are essential to map the existing emergency stock situation and identify its gaps and duplication. This mapping exercise will then form the basis for the activities linked to the Data Analysis pillar, which offers further tools to inform decision-making processes about coordinated pre-positioning strategies that can lead to more effective emergency responses.
In sum, the STOCKHOLM platform:
- Provides a visual map of data, showing existing stock in countries and regions involved in ESUPS project.
- It is designed to be a preparedness tool and will be available to national authorities, INGOs, UN agencies, donors, and other institutions dealing with humanitarian aid and emergency response.
- Supports a logistics localisation agenda, as it is owned and managed by its users and empowers national authorities to make informed decision on the best strategies to activate before the advent of a disaster.
- Promotes the standardisation of core relief items nomenclature, through a built-in functionality that will assign a determined item group name to each item.