IFRC* - Choreographer of Disaster Management The Gujarat Earthquake Management: The Gujarat Earthquake


The case by utilizing the example of the Gujarat earthquake, illustrates the role of The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) as a choreographer of disaster management and the nature of the supply chain - multiple, global, dynamic, and temporary - it coordinates. It describes the challenging context - high degree of uncertainty and limited authority, human and financial resources - in which it extends assistance to afflicted populations. The case reviews the organization’s efforts to put in place a flexible and efficient logistics system that maximizes the contribution of each party.

Teaching objectives

The case can be used to compare and discuss differences and similarities between supply chain management in for-profit organizations and humanitarian organizations delivering disaster relief. It also allows for a discussion on the requirements of managing extremely dynamic global supply chains where speed is critical.

  • Disaster response
  • Supply chain management
  • Logistics
  • Earthquake
  • Resource mobilisation
  • Non-profit organisation
  • Humanitarian sector. AR2002
  • RD0502