A Multi-Attribute decision support system for allocation of humanitarian cluster resources , based on decision makers’ perspective

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Rye, S. and Aktas, E. (2022). A Multi-Attribute decision support system for allocation of humanitarian cluster resources , based on decision makers’ perspective. Sustainability. 14 (20), p. 13423. https://doi.org/10.3390/su142013423
AuthorsRye, S. and Aktas, E.
Abstract

The rush of the humanitarian suppliers into the disaster area proved to be counter-productive. To reduce this proliferation problem, the present research is designed to provide a technique for supplier ranking/selection in disaster response using the principles of utility theory. A resource allocation problem is solved using optimisation based on decision maker’s preferences. Due to the lack of real-time data in the first 72 h after the disaster strike, a Decision Support System (DSS) framework called EDIS is introduced to employ secondary historical data from disaster response in four humanitarian clusters (WASH: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Nutrition, Health, and Shelter) to estimate the demand of the affected population. A methodology based on multi-attribute decision-making (MADM), Analytical Hierarchy processing (AHP) and Multi-attribute utility theory (MAUT) provides the following results. First a need estimation technique is put forward to estimate minimum standard requirements for disaster response. Second, a method for optimization of the humanitarian partners selection is provided based on the resources they have available during the response phase. Third, an estimate of resource allocation is provided based on the preferences of the decision makers. This method does not require real-time data from the aftermath of the disasters and provides the need estimation, partner selection and resource allocation based on historical data before the MIRA report is released.

Year2022
JournalSustainability
Journal citation14 (20), p. 13423
PublisherMDPI
ISSN2071-1050
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/su142013423
Web address (URL)https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/14/20/13423
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Online18 Oct 2022
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Accepted11 Oct 2022
Deposited18 Oct 2022
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