Goal programming optimization model under uncertainty and the critical areas characterization in humanitarian logistics management

Mario Chong, Juan G. Lazo Lazo, Maria Cristina Pereda, Juan Manuel Machuca De Pina

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to improve disaster management models, have an optimal distribution of assets, reduce human suffering in a crisis and find a good solution for warehouse locations, distribution points, inventory levels and costs, considering the uncertainty of a wide range of variables, to serve as a support model for decision making in real situations. Design/methodology/approach: A model is developed based on the recent models. It includes structured and non-structured data (historical knowledge) from a humanitarian perspective. This model considers the uncertainty in a landslide and flood area and it is applied in a representative Peruvian city. Findings: The proposed model can be used to determine humanitarian aid supply and its distribution with uncertainty, regarding the affected population and its resilience. This model presents a different point of view from the efficiency of the logistics perspective, to identify the level of trust between all the stakeholders (public, private and academic). The finding provides a new insight in disaster management to cover the gap between applied research and human behavior in crisis. Research limitations/implications: In this study the access of reliable information is limited. Practical implications: This paper provides an operation model with uncertainty in a humanitarian crisis and a decision-making tool with some recommendation for further public policies. Originality/value: This study presents a model for decision makers in a low-income zone and highlights the importance of preparedness in the humanitarian system. This paper expands the discussion of how the mathematical models and human behaviors interact with different perspectives in a humanitarian crisis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-107
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - 16 Apr 2019


  • Disaster response
  • Humanitarian logistics
  • Point of distribution
  • Stochastical model


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