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What is an LCA
The Logistics Capacity Assessment (LCA) is a source of information related to logistics infrastructure and services in a given country; a tool for organising 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.
Why do an LCA
LCAs should provide logisticians with fundamental, baseline logistics information.
They are operational in nature and concentrate on critical elements of the logistics links, such as port and airport capacities, road and rail networks, storage facilities, handling procedures, labor rates, local transportation resources and other key elements required for operational support.
Particular consideration is given to identifying any physical or material shortcomings, which may result in bottlenecks in the delivery pipeline to support operations planning and as a starting point for conducting additional assessments.
A well prepared and constructed LCA contributes to the overall emergency response strategy and execution.
It will ensure the following objectives can be met by humanitarian organizations:
- Support for Contingency Planning activities
- Preparation of Emergency Response Operational Plans
- Improving resource requirements assessments at planning stage of an emergency response
- Reducing overall response time and accessibility in the delivery of humanitarian aid
- Decrease cost of transportation at onset and over the course of the operation
- Facilitate the transition from Relief to Rehabilitation and Development
- Provide detailed briefing material for relief staff unfamiliar to the region
Which countries need an LCA
LCAs focus on countries or regions which are deemed critical for supporting humanitarian operations and at-risk countries where there is a potential for a sudden onset emergency that will require international humanitarian intervention; for countries where WFP has regular operations; and for countries where humanitarian actors are present, but where there is a lack of consolidated information available concerning logistics infrastructure and services.