Data-driven optimization of OFDA's disaster response capacity: Phase I Report
Author(s)Goentzel, Jarrod; Rothkopf, Alexander
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The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Office of Foreign Disasters Assistance (OFDA) collaborates with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab (HUSCL) at the Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL) in the project “Optimization-based Evaluation of USAID/OFDA’s Global Logistics Capacity”. This collaboration intends to provide data-driven, model-based recommendations to optimize OFDA’s global response capabilities. The project runs from May 2019 until September 2020 and comprises two phases. In Phase I the project team conducted preliminary analyses to develop a deeper understanding of OFDA’s operations and collected the necessary information to conduct the modeling. Also, they used a preliminary model to showcase outputs and recommendations of a more tailored-modeling approach, which is the main focus of Phase II. This summary report highlights important findings and outlines a path forward for Phase II.
Data-driven optimization of OFDA’s disaster response capacity: Phase I Report
USAID, OFDA, humanitarian, optimization, logistics capacity, CITE
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