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The Logistics Capacity Assessment (LCA) is a source of information related to logistics infrastructure and services in a given country; a tool for organising organizing that information in a standard way across multiple countries; and a means of sharing that information both within WFP and with the humanitarian community globally.

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[1] The determination of whether or not a particular country is “at risk” is based on a risk assessment that takes into account: Hazard and Exposure, Vulnerability, and Coping Capacity (Both institutional and in terms of infrastructure). The risk assessment is taken from the “Inform” tool (http://inform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/) that has been developed by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission - JRC, the IASC Sub-working Group on Preparedness, and the European Commission Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection – ECHO (In partnership with: OCHA, DFID, UNICEF, UNHCR, FAO, WFP, UNISDR, IOM, WHO, UNEP).

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A standard set of LCA maps are produced by the GIS unit in WFP HQ; Country Overview, Air, Ports, Waterways, Road, and Railway. They display key logistics locations and can be revised as per ongoing findings; be it adding or removing locations, updating size of cities and towns, correction of administrative borders. For route evaluations, the GIS unit has a standard evaluation forms and a smartphone tool which can be utilized. 

What is an RLCA? 

A Rapid Logistics Capacity Assessment, RLCA, is a comprehensive tool that the Logistics Cluster has developed for Logistics assessment in emergency situations. They are intended to provide guidance to logisticians from NGOs, UN agencies, and other organisations working on the ground during an emergency response situation and particularly during:

  • The assessment phase of the logistics situation on the ground
  • The implementation phase of logistics activities

Which RLCAs are currently available for use? 

One checklist for each thematic: Airports, Ports, Railways, Waterways, Road Networks, Warehousing, Local Supply, Fuel, Customs, Truck Transporters, Freight Forwarding Agents, Telecommunications etc.

What is the content of an RLCA?

Each RLCA is divided into parts/chapters in order to answer the “who, what, where and how” of each topic/thematic.

  1. Where can I find information?
  2. Who should I contact? What should I ask?
  3. A list of useful tips and a list of essential logistics actions to be organized (what to do and how…) are also included in each checklist