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DUBAI: February 11, 2018. The Humanitarian Logistics Databank, an information-sharing platform for aid agencies, has been launched by Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, chairperson of the International Humanitarian City (IHC).

Announced on the first day of the World Government Summit 2018 in Dubai, the service will enable the collection and sharing of data in real-time on prepositioned aid and humanitarian assets to make emergency response more timely and cost-efficient.

World government summitIn its first phase, the databank will gather information on aid shipments from Dubai during 2018 and then be replicated in other humanitarian hubs around the world by January next year.

With automated tracking of aid based on multimodal Customs data, the new resource is expected to provide the humanitarian community with information on the exact positioning of critical relief items including food, medicine and shelter to improve collaboration and help avoid bottlenecks at ports and airports.

"The lives of millions of people depend on the global humanitarian community and we believe that this much needed platform will dramatically help improve international aid and emergency response," said the princess. "The Humanitarian Logistics Databank will help build greater cooperation among aid providers and improve productivity and efficiency. This is a home-grown innovation that will serve people from all around the region and the world at times when they need it most."

Designed by a team of specialists at the IHC in Dubai led by CEO Giuseppe Saba, former head of the United Nations' Humanitarian Response Depots, the databank is expected to enable the global aid community process the latest information on available assets locally, regionally and internationally.

The World Food Programme, the World Health Organisation, the UN Refugee Agency, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, UNICEF and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), have also provided support for the new initiative.

The princess said the launch of the databank is in response to a level of demand for humanitarian aid not seen since World War II. According to the UN, some 136 million people across the world now require humanitarian assistance and protection.

According to Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent, last year the aid organization spent AED243.6 million on helping Syrian refugees and providing humanitarian aid support in the Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Mexico.

Pictured: Chairperson of the International Humanitarian City Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE vice president and Ruler of Dubai.

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