The Logistics Cluster is a coordination mechanism activated to ensure an efficient and effective emergency response. It is comprised of a group of humanitarian actors committed to commonly address logistics needs in humanitarian contexts by ensuring coordination, information management, and, where necessary, by facilitating access to logistics services.
Because of its expertise in humanitarian logistics and its field capacity, the World Food Programme (WFP) was chosen by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) as the lead agency of the Logistics Cluster. WFP hosts the Global Logistics Cluster support team in its headquarters in Rome. WFP also acts as a provider of last resort for shared logistics services.
At global level, the Logistics Cluster provides strategic guidance to broaden knowledge and improve decision-making in humanitarian logistics and works on system-wide preparedness and contingency planning. At field level, it brings together organisations responding to humanitarian emergencies so as to pool efforts and avoid duplication, and is responsible for coordination and information management of the logistics response.