The Impact of Gender on Humanitarian Logistics

August 2010 (VOL. 28, NO. 2)

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Logistics performance in the humanitarian context has been linked to gender issues in several ways. From the perspective of the beneficiary, gender-based disaster vulnerabilities and gender disparities in accessing aid have been highlighted. However, the gender of humanitarian staff in contact with beneficiaries, making purchasing decisions, and responsible for last-mile deliveries, i.e., humanitarian logisticians, also impacts on the way in which the needs of female and male beneficiaries are met. This conceptual article focuses, therefore, on the links between gender, logistics performance, and logistics skills—discussing the implications of these three areas in the humanitarian context. From this, an agenda for further research is proposed.