The development of Standards is following the methodology of “open standards”.
As such they are developed, approved and maintained via a collaborative and consensus driven process, building on the experience and knowledge collected from key actors across the humanitarian logistics sector.
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). Moreover, the ULS seek to incorporate the lessons being learned on humanitarian logistics from the COVID-19 crisis.
Since the publication of the DRAFT V1 in early May, the drafting of the ULS will follow an iterative process, building on the feedback received during an open consultations process developed via two modalities:
The DRAFT V1 will be first discussed in regional online consultations from May to June 2020, where logistic experts, academics and humanitarian workers from different geographical areas are invited to provide their feedback and comments to improve the Standards. In June, an online global platform allowing identified users to provide feedback will also be set. Finally, in late September, validation workshops will be held with humanitarian logistics experts aiming to develop a pilot version of the ULS.