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Disasters & Emergencies Preparedness Programme

The Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme works to develop effective humanitarian response where it is needed most. It aims at a major improvement in the way countries cope with people caught up in a disaster or conflict. 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

DEPP collaborative approaches improve the quality and speed of humanitarian response at a national and local level by building the capacity of national actors who are predominantly the first responders to a disaster. DEPP projects build capacity in individuals, organisations and in systems.

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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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