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Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme


The Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme works to develop effective humanitarian response where it is needed most. This ground breaking programme, one of the largest investments of its kind, is funded by UK Aid and managed collaboratively by the CDAC and Start Networks, leveraging the expertise of more than 50 member organisations.

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DEPP in Action

The Projects


The portfolio of projects within DEPP is designed to strengthen the quality and speed of humanitarian response.

Latest news


Blog Post

Christmas on Catanduanes island as Typhoon Nock-Ten hit

When Typhoon Nock-Ten made landfall on December 25, Joana Villaflor had just arrived home for Christmas on Catanduanes island. Joana, a member of On Call Surge Philippines, a shared roster set up by the Start Network’s Transforming Surge Capacity project, gives an account of the days following the typhoon.

13Feb17

Blog Post

Rumour Tracking and Management

Do you track rumours, misinformation or disinformation as part of your work? Know what to do next when you have identified a rumour to manage it? If you are currently working on rumour tracking and management, the CDAC Network want to hear about your work.

13Feb17

Blog Post

Challenging charity solutions to poverty: new business models

Yitna Tekaligne, country director, Christian Aid Ethiopia, discusses new approaches to tackling poverty and gives examples from four social enterprises in Kenya.

30Jan17

Blog Post

Building futures through innovation

It’s home to 50,000 people, living in regimented rows of identical white portable cabins in an arid, cold and windy region of Jordan. Some have been living there for more than three years – men, women and children from across Syria. Many of the youngest children have spent their entire lives there.

19Jan17

What our partners say


The Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme works with 45 partners around the world. Here's what some of them have to say.

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  • Me Désiré Bwa'ale
  • Programme Manager at SOPROP, local partner of the DEPP Protection in Practice project in DRC

"Change is necessary in the way the humanitarian system works. Yes, it is true that [the humanitarian system] supports local organisations to promote human rights, to reach out internationally and to develop managerial capacities. But it is also a discriminatory system weakening the local civil society, while often substituting legitimate local organisations and local human resources at a much higher cost."

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  • Fa fa Olivier Attidzah
  • Head of UNHCR Goma office, member of the DEPP Learning Hub in Democratic Republic of Congo

"Capacity by itself is not enough. Enabling environments and resources are necessary to express them concretely. That includes psychological, political and organisational environments."

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  • Brigitte Mapendo
  • Capacity builder at MDF-Goma, working with BIOFORCE for DEPP Talent Development project in Democratic Republic of Congo

"There is a wealth of raw capacities available locally. However it is rarely solicited."

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  • Arsene Kireho
  • Project Manager at CAFOD, DEPP Shifting the Power project in Democratic Republic of Congo

"Local organisations should rise to the challenge and emulate international NGOs and ‘big players’ to access available resources. But the system should also be able to acknowledge and value local capacities in their own rights – as they form eventually the ground for sustainable resilience to disasters."

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