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NOHA – UGM School on Humanitarian Supply Chain Management and Logistics, including Regional Perspectives, to be held in Yogyakarta from 26th to 30th of November 2018, is the manifestation of the ever-closer relationship and cooperation between NOHA AISBL and Universitas Gadjah Mada. Already for a period of eight years NOHA AISBL has worked closely together with Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Republic of Indonesia. Thanks to the Directorate General Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection and the Directorate General Education and Culture (Erasmus Mundus), both European Commission, as well as the European NOHA Universities this cooperation blossoms.

The deepening relationship has resulted in dozens of staff and student exchanges, in thesis research being accompanied by UGM professors in situ and in collaboration towards joint doctorate research. By co-jointly organizing a high profile summer school NOHA and UGM set the next step to an activities-based relationship – as dictated by NOHA’s global strategy – aimed for increased academic humanitarian research and aimed at contemporary relevance for humanitarian practice. The University of Groningen have been mandated by the NOHA Board of Directors to organize this school together with UGM, its scholars from various faculties, the Programme on Humanitarian Action (POHA) and its International Office. The target audience constitutes a mix of students, academics, officials and practitioners; familiar as well as unfamiliar with the subject, both from Indonesia itself, the larger Asia region and from international organisations.

Rationale

Humanitarian supply chain management (SCM) is defined by the IFRC as ‘acquiring and delivering requested supplies and services  at the places and times they are needed, whilst ensuring best value for money; in the immediate aftermath of any [type of] disaster or reconstruction situation, including items that are vital for survival, such as food, water, temporary shelter and medicine’. Humanitarian Logistics is part and parcel of the wider humanitarian SCM. Recent research has shown a need for multi-dimensional understanding of humanitarian SCM. Both from a technical perspective (logistics, information gathering, warehousing, pre-positioning, transportation, distribution) as well as from a strategic perspective (decision making, co-ordination, inter-organisational co-operation, public-private partnerships, contribution to long-term recovery through knowledge transfer) conceptualisation and field-sustained research has been conducted for the benefit of producing deeper knowledge of global humanitarian SCM. With an estimated 19 billion USD spent in 2016 on humanitarian aid (GHA report 2017; calculations based on both public as well as private spending) in response to natural disasters and complex emergencies one can easily see the need for professional and efficient humanitarian SCM, which is involved in 80% of all relief activities.

Asia and South-East Asia over the past decade have become increasingly prone to especially natural disasters. Be it because of climate change, man-made interference with nature or ‘simple’ geological circumstances, more frequently hazards have materialized into disasters, affecting the lives of millions and demanding increasing national and international humanitarian response. Indonesia is certainly an example in kind. From Tsunami’s to earthquakes, landslides, volcano eruptions and flooding, the vulnerability of the Indonesian population is quite high. Over the past decade international humanitarian aid to Indonesia amounted to 242 million USD annually on average, leaving aside the sizeable amounts the Indonesian government spent on disaster response, risk reduction and preparedness. Given the size of the country, the state of its infrastructure and therefore issues of accessibility, proper attention to humanitarian logistics has been of prime importance. An interesting development here is the growing role of ASEAN´s AHA Centre, the coordinating centre for humanitarian assistance on disaster management. Located in Jakarta, the AHA Centre progressively facilitates co-operation and co-ordination among the parties involved in disaster situations, and promotes regional collaboration with relevant United Nations and international organizations. Especially in the field of humanitarian logistics ASEAN´s AHA Centre has rapidly become a factor of influence over the past years.

Already for a period of eight years NOHA AISBL has worked ever more closely together with Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Republic of Indonesia. Thanks to the Directorate General Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection and the Directorate General Education and Culture (Erasmus Mundus), both European Commission, as well as the European NOHA Universities this cooperation blossoms. The deepening relationship has resulted in dozens of staff and student exchanges, in thesis research being accompanied by UGM professors in situ and in collaboration towards joint doctorate research. By co-jointly organizing a high-profile summer school NOHA and UGM set the next step to an activities-based relationship – as dictated by NOHA’s global strategy – aimed for increased academic humanitarian research and aimed at contemporary relevance for humanitarian practice. The University of Groningen have been mandated by the NOHA Board of Directors to organize this school together with UGM, its scholars from various faculties, the Programme on Humanitarian Action (POHA) and its International Office. The target audience constitutes a mix of students, academics, officials and practitioners; familiar as well as unfamiliar with the subject, both from Indonesia itself, the larger Asia region and from international organisations.

The main academic staff from Universitas Gadjah Mada involved are: Prof.dr. Agus Wilopo Siswanto, Dr. Muhadi Sugiono, Jaka Triyaka MA, LLM and Dr. Juhri Agriawan (UGM Pustral); furthermore, involved are Dr. M. Sunardi (Director BNPB Indonesia), Colonel Riza Yasma (TNI Indonesia) and Dr. Ratih Kusumastuti (University of Indonesia, Jakarta). The main NOHA AISBL staff involved will be: Prof. Dr. Joost Herman (President NOHA AISBL; Director NOHA University of Groningen, The Netherlands). Envisaged guest speakers will include the Asean’s Humanitarian Aid Office, the Indonesian Armed Forces, the former Royal Dutch Armed Forces and representatives from the private sector.