Government restrictions on relief supply chains

Nathan Kunz, Gerald Reiner

Publication: Chapter in book/Conference proceedingContribution to conference proceedings


Response to catastrophic disasters often requires external assistance from international relief organizations. Literature and empirical evidence show that governments do not always welcome this assistance. Based on a multiple case study conducted among four relief organizations, we identify governmental restrictions imposed on humanitarian relief supply chains in different countries. We analyze the dependency between government characteristic and the level of restrictions. We find that the more fragile a government is, the more restrictions it imposes on relief organizations. This knowledge helps relief organizations to prepare adequately before entering a new country, by anticipating concerns and establishing trust with the government.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication20th EurOMA Conference
Editors EurOMA
Place of PublicationDublin, Ireland
Pages1 - 10
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 102009 Computer simulation
  • 502052 Business administration
  • 502012 Industrial management
  • 211
  • 502017 Logistics
  • 502032 Quality management

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