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dc.contributor.advisorJarrod Goentzel.en_US
dc.contributor.authorChander, Vidyaen_US
dc.contributor.authorShear, Laurenen_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Engineering Systems Division.en_US
dc.coverage.spatialf-et---en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-27T19:48:34Z
dc.date.available2010-05-27T19:48:34Z
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/55339
dc.descriptionThesis (M. Eng. in Logistics)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Engineering Systems Division, 2009.en_US
dc.description"June 2009."en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 80-82).en_US
dc.description.abstractThe World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations food agency, has recently acquired the difficult task of transporting aid into the Somali region of Ethiopia. The political instability, rebel activity, ethnic tensions, and poor infrastructure in the area endanger and delay the flow of commodities through the WFP's supply chain. In this thesis, we explore and analyze the role that these threats play in the WFP's aid distribution in the Somali region. Specifically, we measure the impact of insecurity in the WFP's distribution system, study the current methods that the WFP employs to mitigate risks, and investigate possible precautionary technologies to improve security in this resource constrained environment. Our research suggests that while many tools can enhance security, the organizational measures aiming to increase responsibility and trust between all involved supply chain stakeholders ultimately prove to have a stronger impact on the overall safety of aid-distribution. Finally, though our research has focused mainly on the WFP, we believe that all similarly situated humanitarian organizations will find our analysis applicable.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Vidya Chander and Lauren Shear.en_US
dc.format.extent111 leavesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectEngineering Systems Division.en_US
dc.titleHumanitarian aid in less secure regions : an analysis of World Food Programme operations in the Somali region of Ethiopiaen_US
dc.title.alternativeAnalysis of World Food Programme operations in the Somali region of Ethiopiaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeM.Eng.in Logisticsen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Engineering Systems Division.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Engineering Systems Division
dc.identifier.oclc497127544en_US


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