Somalia Logistics Cluster Closure Report
Led by the World Food Programme, the Logistics Cluster was activated in Somalia in June 2006 to respond to flooding in the central and southern regions of the country. The Logistics Cluster remained active and continued to support the humanitarian community as it responded to the effects of the ongoing civil war, which at one time affected as many as 5 million people, and then scaled up activities in response to the drought of 2016-2017 which further compounded the already difficult humanitarian situation.
Throughout its presence in-country, the Logistics Cluster enabled the humanitarian community to respond by addressing the main logistics gaps and bottlenecks faced by humanitarian actors to reach people in need. The first example of a cluster working remotely, coordination and information management functions were undertaken from Nairobi in neighbouring Kenya at times throughout its activation due to the security situation within Somalia. Access to common logistics services, including storage and transport by road, air and sea, was provided with the assistance of the World Food Programme. The Logistics Cluster also worked to build the capacity of local actors through the provision of a number of trainings.
In early 2018, a review was undertaken by the Global Logistics Cluster to assess the current logistics situation within Somalia and to establish whether there was an ongoing need for a cluster presence. Based on the considerable improvements to the logistics situation in-country, the review concluded that there was sufficient reasoning for the deactivation of the cluster. With the support of the local humanitarian community, the World Food Programme (WFP) recommended the official deactivation of the Logistics Cluster to the Somalia Humanitarian Country Team on 30 October 2018.
Following the official deactivation of the cluster, coordination and information management activities transitioned to the newly established Logistics Working Group, led by WFP, to ensure the continuation of the built network of humanitarian logisticians and operational information sharing, as well the preservation of the institutional knowledge developed over the length of the response.
Source: World Food Programme