Leveraging Partnerships with Logistics Service Providers in Humanitarian Supply Chains by Blockchain-based Smart Contracts

Hossein Baharmand, Tina Comes

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Abstract

As humanitarian organizations are struggling to reach an increasing number of beneficiaries, humanitarian-business partnerships, such as the use of logistics service providers (LSPs), promise to improve effectivity and efficiency of humanitarian assistance. Blockchain-based smart contracts which ensure automation, transparency, and efficiency promise to facilitate partnerships, particularly if trust is low. In this paper, blockchain-based smart contracts are critically examined for their application to humanitarian supply chains (HSCs). We identify various adoption barriers which we categorize into organizational, technological, and environmental. As the use of blockchain-based smart contracts in HSCs is in its early stages, we propose future research propositions and directions that can provide insights into overcoming barriers and challenges of adopting the technology in the humanitarian sector.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IFAC MIM 2019
PublisherElsevier
Pages12-17
Number of pages6
Volume52
Edition13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event9th IFAC/IFIP/IFORS/IISE/INFORMS Conference
Manufacturing Modelling, Management and Control MIM 2019
- Berlin, Germany
Duration: 28 Aug 201930 Aug 2019

Publication series

NameIFAC PapersOnLine
Number13
Volume52
ISSN (Electronic)2405-8963

Conference

Conference9th IFAC/IFIP/IFORS/IISE/INFORMS Conference
Manufacturing Modelling, Management and Control MIM 2019
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityBerlin
Period28/08/1930/08/19

Keywords

  • Blockchain
  • Humanitarian supply chain
  • Logistics service providers
  • Partnerships
  • Smart contracts

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