From disaster to development: A systematic review of community-driven humanitarian logistics

Jennifer Bealt, S. Afshin Mansouri

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A plethora of untapped resources exist within disaster-affected communities that can be used to address relief and development concerns. A systematic review of the literature relating to community participation in humanitarian logistics activities revealed that communities are able to form ad hoc networks that have the ability to meet a wide range of disaster management needs. These structures, characterised as Collaborative Aid Networks (CANs), have demonstrated efficient logistical capabilities exclusive of humanitarian organisations. This study proposes that CANs, as a result of their unique characteristics, present alternatives to established humanitarian approaches to logistics, while also mitigating the challenges commonly faced by traditional humanitarian organisations. Furthermore, CANs offer a more holistic, long-term approach to disaster management, owing to their impact on development through their involvement in humanitarian logistics. This research provides the foundation for further theoretical analysis of effective and efficient disaster management, and details opportunities for policy and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-148
Issue number1
Early online date28 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2017


  • Community
  • Development
  • Disaster
  • Disaster management
  • Humanitarian logistics
  • Resilience
  • Vulnerability


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