A community-based approach to supply chain design

Gyöngyi Kovács, Aristides Matopoulos, Ordan Hayes

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-422
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Logistics Research and Applications
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Bibliographical note

This 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
  • reconstruction
  • community-based approach
  • supply chain design
  • aid effectiveness


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