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Introduction to Humanitarian Logistics

Start Date

6 April
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



(Students/Unwaged – €100)

IELTCourse Aim

The aim of this course is to provide participants with an introduction to some of the key principles of Humanitarian Logistics. The course runs over 6 evenings at 6-8pm starting on Wednesday 6th April, ending on 11th May.

Will Holden

Will Holden


It will be facilitated by Will Holden, Irish Emergency Logistics Team (IELT). Will is founder and director of the Irish Emergency Logistics Team (IELT). He has over 20 years experience in supply chain management and logistics, working in the private sector in Ireland and overseas in conflict and complex emergency situations. He is currently based in Iraq, where he works as Head of Logistics, Procurement & Distribution for the Danish Refugee Council. He has also served in Haiti, South Sudan and Afghanistan. He will be returning to Ireland to deliver this course.


  • To introduce participants to the humanitarian field and expand their understanding of a humanitarian emergency from a logistics perspective.
  • To review the implications of decisions made before, during, and after, a major sudden onset conflict, using case studies.
  • To identify key safety & security challenges during emergencies, using case studies.
  • To review some of the key practicalities for consideration prior to deployment


Week 1: 6th April (6 - 8)Introduction to the Humanitarian Field, Humanitarian Standards & IHL
Week 2: 13th April (6 - 8)Sphere: Food Quality Standards for Refugees: Challenges Faced in Times of Reduced Funding
Week 3: 20th April (6 - 8)ISIS As a Fuel Supplier And Other Ethical Questions
Week 4: 27th April (6 - 8)IDP’s Iraq/Syria/Nepal: Logistics of Disaster Planning
Week 5: 4th May (6 - 8)The Logistics of Health & Safety for Staff in Emergencies
Week 6: 11th May (6 - 8)Communications: Managing Systems & Cultural Awareness



The course is aimed at:

  • Members of the general public who are keen to learn more about the role of logistics during Humanitarian Emergencies.
  • Those working in government or aid organisations that are head office based and involved in some aspect of Emergencies, i.e. in fundraising, public relations, awareness raising or development education; and who have no logistics experience but would like an introduction to this field.
  • Development aid workers who have experience in the field but have not worked in an insecure environment and are not familiar with the logistics implications relative to their specific sectors.
  • Professional Logisticians from the Private Sector who are interested in learning more about the Humanitarian Logistics Sector.


For further information please contact: Ciarán Walsh (01) 4064 341 or cds-support@kimmagedsc.ie



Introduction to Humanitarian Logistics

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