The role of beneficiaries in the humanitarian supply chain is highlighted in the imperative to meet their needs but disputed in terms of their actual decision-making and purchasing power. This paper discusses the use of a beneficiary-focused, community-based approach in the case of a post-crisis housing reconstruction programme. In the community-based approach, beneficiaries become active members of the humanitarian supply chain. Implications of this community-based approach are discussed in the light of supply chain design and aid effectiveness.
Bibliographical noteThis is an electronic version of an article published in Kovács, G, Matopoulos, A & Hayes, O 2010, 'A community-based approach to supply chain design', International Journal of Logistics: Research and Application, vol 13, no. 5, pp. 411-422. International Journal of Logistics is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1367-5567&volume=13&issue=5&spage=411
- humanitarian supply chain
- community-based approach
- supply chain design
- aid effectiveness