For a corporation, an effective supply chain can mean the difference between profit and loss. For a humanitarian organization, an effective supply chain can mean the difference between life and death. To help humanitarian organizations around the world develop proficiency in delivering relief supplies to disaster-stricken regions, the Fritz Institute has developed the Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) program. The program covers the basic principles of logistics and supply chain operations in the humanitarian relief context.
In this computer-based self-study program, students learn supply chain best practices from the commercial world, academia, and the humanitarian community. The course covers procurement, warehousing and inventory, transport, fleet management, import/export, and other aspects of managing a humanitarian supply chain. Because the institute believes that people learn best by doing, the program stresses real-life case studies and hands-on experience. Each student is assigned a coach, who works with that student throughout his or her course of study.
The institute developed the program both for logisticians currently working with humanitarian organizations and for those who want to apply their skills in the humanitarian context. For more information, visit www.fritzinstitute.org.