The development of Standards will follow the methodology of “open standards”.
As such they will be developed, approved and maintained via a collaborative and consensus driven process.
The project is intended to augment previous initiatives, such as the PARCEL project, that aimed to improve the performance of logistics interventions, and help to better align this function to the localisation agenda and commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit under the Grand Bargain. Standards will be aligned with existing humanitarian quality and accountability standards such as the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS), Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Protection Principles
The inception phase confirmed interest in the development of updated guidance and recommendations within the main aspects of Supply Chain and Logistics (Procurement, Warehousing, Transport, Distribution, etc.). Other specific area to be considered are the humanitarian identity (principles and protection) and new trends (environment and cash-based interventions)
The drafting of the ULS will follow an iterative process, building on the feedback received during consultations. After each consultation, the feedback will be collated and used by the TAG and project team.
The first draft of standards will be discussed in 3 workshops in Europe, Africa and Asia in spring 2020. An online platform allowing identified users to provide feedback will also be set.