Innovations in humanitarian supply chains: the case of cash transfer programmes

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Cash transfer programmes (CTPs) are revolutionizing humanitarian supply chains (HSCs), yet just how CTPs are to be understood as innovation, and how they impact on HSCs, remains unclear. Innovation in the humanitarian context more often than not stems from outside humanitarian organizations – that is innovation occurs in their supply chain. The aim of this study is to further the understanding of supply chain innovation (SCI) in the humanitarian context. Based on empirical evidence this article suggests a supply chain innovation model (SCIM). This SCIM is useful because it allows different processes to be understood and compared, by providing guidance on how innovations progress. The contribution of this research is threefold: First, the research presents a SCIM for the humanitarian context. Second, this is the first application of a SCIM to the humanitarian environment. Finally, the research is field based and grounded in empirical observations thus adding to the literature and offering insights to practice.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalProduction Planning and Control
Issue number14
Pages (from-to)1175-1190
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 24.01.2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Supply chain innovation
  • humanitarian supply chains
  • cash transfer
  • diffusion
  • supply chain design

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoHP: Humanitarian and societal logistics


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