The Humanitarian Logistics Databank will provide the humanitarian community with a common database platform on humanitarian aid stocks and flow, to enhance emergency preparedness and response.

It was developed under the coordination of the International Humanitarian City (IHC) to be launched in Dubai in 2018 and then will be replicated in other humanitarian hubs in subsequent years.

Which organizations collaborated on the International Humanitarian Databank?

The databank was designed by a team of specialists engineers, IT advisers and subject-matter experts at the IHC in Dubai.

Led by Giuseppe Saba, CEO of the IHC, and former Head of the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depots, UNHRD, with the support of operational humanitarian agencies, including the World Food Programme, World Health Organization, UN Refugee Agency, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, UNICEF and the close cooperation of OCHA, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

How does the Humanitarian Logistics Databank work?

The databank will employ automated tracking of aid movements based on customs data from ports, airports, and other entry points. It will provide the global humanitarian community with information on the exact positioning of critical relief items such as food, medicine and shelter, making them accessible to all cooperating parties. This platform will improve collaboration and will help avoid bottlenecks in ports and airports.

The Humanitarian Logistics Databank gives to both, affected countries and humanitarian actors in crisis-torn areas, access to updated information on the availability of relief items in respect of their quantity, location, ownership and movement, so they can plan their action and response accordingly.

Who will benefit from this platform?

Countries affected by natural or man-made disasters will benefit from the platform as it gives them access to relevant information on available aid.

When a crisis strikes, humanitarian agencies hurry to send relief such as medicines, food, shelter items, etc. to those affected countries. Aid should be sent with high priority and from the closest humanitarian hub to the affected area.


  • The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) represented by: Under Secretary-General, Mr. Mark Lowcock
  • The World Food Programme (WFP) represented by: Executive Director, Mr. David Beasley;
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) represented by: Director General, Mr. Tedros Ghebreyesus;
  • The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) represented by: Secretary General, Mr. Elhadj As Sy;

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