Improving the humanitarian aid network design in East Africa

On a proposal from HEC Liège, Professor Gilbert Laporte will be awarded the title of “Docteur Honoris Causa” of the University of Liège on Saturday, March 24, 2018. It is a great honour to welcome Professor Gilbert Laporte in Liège and to announce you the seminar that he will give for that occasion.

 

Improving the humanitarian aid network design in East Africa 


 

Opérations Seminar by Gilbert Laporte (HEC Montréal) - N1 - 030 
March 2018, Friday 23 (02:00 pm)

 

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The United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) is a logistics service provider for the United Nations. In its 2014-2017 strategic plan, it targeted the reduction of operational costs on its network. We have analyzed the potential cost benefits of adding a regional distribution center in Kampala, Uganda, to the existing network in order to better respond to humanitarian crises in East Africa. To this end we have used fieldwork, network optimization, simulation and statistical analyses to assess the benefits of prepositioning high-demand non-food items in Kampala and to propose a robust stocking solution. The study is based on an actual case and uses real data. The UNHRD has already implemented the proposed solution for an estimated expected annual cost reduction of 21% with respect to the previous network configuration. This work was done jointly with Émilie Dufour, Julie Paquette and Marie-Ève Rancourt.

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