This handbook was prepared by the INSPIRE Consortium as the one of several outputs from the project “Development of Best Practice and Universal Standards for Humanitarian Supply Chain and Logistics”. This activity is funded and supported by the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO).
The DG ECHO has selected Groupe Urgence-Réhabilitation-Développement (Groupe URD), Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), Instituto de Estudios sobre Conflictos y Acción humanitaria (IECAH) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), to support DG ECHO in developing and implementing policies through research, workshop facilitation and the dissemination of results. The four leading European institutions in the humanitarian sector are part of the INSPIRE consortium for this purpose.
The pilot edition of the ULS is the result of the dedication of the Technical Advisory Group and the project team along the drafting, reviewing and editing process.
Technical Advisory Group: David Ashley (Flexport), Samantha Brangeon (Groupe URD), Ashley Canchola (Flexport), Florent Chane, Otávio Costa, Valerie Craigie (Craigie Communications), Rebecca Darts (Oxfam Novib), Enrico Donati (MAG International), Claire Durham (Global Movement ICRC/IFRC), Ehijie Enato (University of Benin), Christian Grønnerød (Danish Refugee Council), Jon Harris (Cilt International), Kim Hassall, Will Holden (Emergency Logistics Team), Mary Jelliti (GOAL), Yamini Meduri (VJIM), Maud Monget, Jonathan David Muñoz (Techo), Wojciech Piotrowicz (HUMLOG Institute), Guillaume Noailly (Bioforce), Christophe Peyrichou (Bioport), Charlie Reeves (Crown Agents), Mie Shen Reyes, Marin Tomas (International Medical Corps), Cedric Vandermeulen (DG ECHO), Rose Van Steijn (Fleet Forum), Álvaro Villanueva, Sanne Wijnhorst, Chuck Woolgar (Save The Children).
Core Team: Camille Nussbaum (Coordinator, IECAH), George Fenton (Thematic Expert), Daniel Garcia Ibáñez (Thematic Expert) and Carla Fibla (Communication Officer, IECAH).
Steering Committee: Véronique de Geoffroy (Groupe URD) and Barnaby Willitts-King (Overseas Development Institute)
We also gratefully acknowledge the contributions made along the regional consultations (190 participants) and all comments received via the online platform.
Notes about the Pilot Version (Draft v3.1)
The ULS are based on an extensive review of existing guidance and standards. A first draft of the ULS was published in May 2020 and reviewed by experts and practitioners in regional consultations. In addition, comments were also raised and used via the online platform. As a result, the document was edited several times (V1.5 and V2) before the publication of the Pilot version.
This version includes many improvements over the previous versious. Among them, we can point out the added information to explain the format and use of the standards, a review of the Cross-cutting themes, the addition of Gender and Diversity as a specific Cross-cutting theme, the review of the elements linked with PARCEL standards and the review of all indicators. The Pilot version is a live document. It will be revised based on the piloting experiences as well as further feedback and recommendations.