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Introduction to Humanitarian Logistics

Start Date

14 April
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



(Students/Unwaged – €75)

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 8 evenings at 6-8pm starting on Tuesday 14 April, ending on 2 June.

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: 14th AprilIntroduction to the Humanitarian Field & Humanitarian Standards
Week 2: 21st AprilSphere: How This Affects Logistics Operations
Week 3: 28th AprilRefugee Camp Logs Requirements: Kurdistan Case Study
Week 4: 5th MayIDP’s Iraq/Syria 2014: Logistics of Disaster Planning
Week 5: 12th MayThe Logistics of Health & Safety for Staff in Emergencies
Week 6: 19th MayCommunications: Managing Systems & Cultural Awareness
Week 7: 26th MaySafety & Security During an Emergency
Week 8: 2nd JunePreparing to Deploy: Personal Logistics



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: Hugh Bergin (01) 4064 341 or hugh.bergin@kimmagedsc.ie



Introduction to Humanitarian Logistics

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