Friday, September 1, 2017

Proper Qualifications are Essential for Those Who Perform Humanitarian Logistics

Updated On Line Courses from CILT Provide Training
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WORLDWIDE – Humanitarian logistics is, as with all charitable ventures, a delicate balance with the desire to perform at the very highest level facing the cynicism which so often accompanies the nagging doubt, 'How can I be sure where the money goes? ' Thus is it necessary to have a ratification of humanitarian logistics providers and this comes in the form of the newly update Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) and the Certification in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management (CHSCM) qualifications, essential credentials when practicing this type of operation and funded by USAID and supplied by the Fritz Institute and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

The award winning Fritz/CILT Certifications now reflect recent changes in the way aid is delivered by introducing totally new units on Cash Transfer Programming (CTP). The programmes offer the opportunity to develop the new knowledge and skills needed by modern humanitarian logistics professionals. At the World Humanitarian Conference in 2016, the question asked of aid agencies was not ‘why use cash?’, but ‘why not cash?’ The then UN General Secretary, Ban Ki-moon, called for cash transfer programmes to become the preferred and default method of aid.

The increasing trend to transfer cash to people in need rather than in-kind commodities then allows the recipients of aid how to administer the funding. According to recent research from the Centre for Global Development, cash should be thought of as the ‘first best response to crises’ with 20% more people able to be helped at no additional cost if people received cash first.

Provided via on-line distance learning, these bespoke courses are tailor-made to the specifications of aid agencies to meet the precise needs of complex, contemporary humanitarian operations, with tuition being delivered by the Institute’s expert training partner, the Learning Logistics Alliance (LLA). The courses have been designed specifically for those presently working, with busy schedules often in deep field locations and who require flexibility in their learning schedules. Dorothea Carvalho, Professional Development Project Director, CILT, observed:

“What makes the CILT programme so unique is that it is designed by the humanitarian sector, for the sector. In updating the programmes to include Cash Transfer Programming as a modality, CILT has demonstrated that the programme remains as relevant and current as it was when it was first launched in 2006.”

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