Darfur, Sudan 2011

GEG deployed an evaluation team of five experts in relief operations and supply chain management, warehouse and delivery logistics

An operational modality dictated by an emergency event invariably changes as the recovery phase evolves. Only by constant monitoring and evaluation can programme action be taken to effectively and efficiently address those changes” Iain Logan, deployed by GEG as Head of Evaluation Team

Background: The Sudan context and Darfur specifically, presents a range of strategic challenges to humanitarian response organisations and tests the long-term relief capacity of the humanitarian community. In an initiative led by a four agency consortium, a logistics and programmatic solution through a Non Food Items – Common Pipeline (NFI-CP) was designed specifically to provide an efficient response to needs of the affected population for basic household items and shelter. Several changes had been made to the NFI-CP operational methodology over the years but the pipeline remained a challenging endeavor in many ways.

Requirement: A Strategic Review to examine in depth the objectives, efficiency and relevance of the pipeline in Darfur. The review required an examination of NFI-CP partners as well as a comprehensive overview of several key aspects of the joint partner operation. Recommendations were sought as to how to adapt the NFI-CP to meet changing needs in Darfur while also considering the internal management and programme structure of the NFI-CP.

GEG Contribution: A comprehensive and rigorous review by the GEG team of the existing NFI-CP. Provision of findings and recommendation specifically tailored to allow the consortium to make meaningful strategic changes to how NFI supplies and distribution would be carried out in the next phase of the Darfur operation. To understand the impact NFI-CP had throughout Sudan, the Review Team assessed and evaluated the operation in Khartoum, Nyala, El Fasher, El Geneina and El Obeid.

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