A bankruptcy approach to support decisions on allocation of scarce resources in emergency operations

Maher Itani, Sumadhur Shakya

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It is essential for humanitarian organisations to develop fair allocation guidelines of scarce lifesaving resources that alleviate the suffering of beneficiaries. At the same time, it is challenging to set a rationality behind the resources allocation and toward which beneficiaries to aid. This study examines resource allocation decisions using a bankruptcy based framework. It focuses on carrying out set rules in a fair manner so that a just outcome might be reached. Choosing which rule is most appropriate is challenging as this depends on how the decision makers understand the particular circumstances of each allocation situation. Still, these presented allocation rules provide the most flexible, efficient, and defensible solutions to equitable resource allocation. Furthermore, these schemes do not require detailed knowledge of beneficiaries' utilities for resources, which is generally not feasible to obtain during disaster circumstances.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalJournal for Global Business Advancement
StatePublished - Dec 21 2017


  • bankruptcy rules; axiomatic properties; humanitarian supply chain; resource allocation; humanitarian principles; equitable distribution; emergency operations; UNRWA; The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.


  • Business
  • Business Administration, Management, and Operations
  • International Business
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Operational Research
  • Risk Analysis

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