Better Fleet Management Could Save NGOs Millions

The skills and commitment of humanitarian aid workers would be useless if they were unable to deliver services directly to the neediest places. That’s why vehicle management is so important to the humanitarian sector. Indeed, it’s estimated that the global humanitarian fleet exceeds 100,000 vehicles, representing an annual spend of approximately $1 billion, the sector’s second-largest expense (after personnel).

Investments of this magnitude would appear to demand dedicated, systematic and informed oversight. However, over nearly a decade of working closely with international humanitarian organisations under the aegis of the INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group (HRG), we saw that unlike for-profit companies, these organisations have slim to no precedent for viewing fleet management as a standalone concern. Most devote few specific resources to it, over and above the hundreds of other logistics-related issues commonly delegated to staffers in the field.

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