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Learning from Dhaka: Insights from grassroots innovations

The Disasters Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) Innovation Labs are composed of national and international humanitarian organisations under the Start Network and CDAC that support innovation emerging from communities in times of crisis. The Bangladesh DEPP lab is one of four labs recently supported by UK Aid for a two year period (2017-2019). This network of labs also extends to Jordan, the Philippines and Kenya. While each lab followed the core principles of lean innovation each adopted their own approach to applying this methodology.



Localisation in practice: Emerging indicators and practical recommendations

This report was commissioned by the DEPP (Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programmes) Learning Project to contribute to learning on best practice for localisation, and to move forward the discussions. The research was intended to test, refine, deepen and, where needed,adapt a framework developed in 2017 for the Start Fund and Network, commonly referred to as the ‘Seven Dimensions of Localisation’. It also aims to reflect whether and how DEPP projects have contributed to ‘localisation’ and provide tips or recommendations for further similar preparedness strengthening work.


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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step... Does the proverb ring a bell?

The proverb sure does ring a bell for the Maarifa Kona Innovation Lab team in Kenya as each month provides new insights and it also shapes our outlook on this innovation path shuttled by the DEPP Labs programme.


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Maarifa kona making strides

Start Network's innovation lab in Kenya, part of the four national Disaster and Emergencies Preparedness Innovation Labs (DEPP Labs) programme, reflects on progress made so far.



The DEPP achievements

The DEPP has been producing high impact results since its inception, in the spirit of the Grand Bargain’s commitment to: 25% of humanitarian funding going as directly as possible to local and national responders; the participation revolution; strengthening engagement between humanitarian and development actors; and cash-based programming. Below, are some of the achievements against the programme’s five result areas. These are based on programmatic log frame data and independent evaluations for each project in DEPP.



Disasters & Emergency Preparedness: A Practical Resource Guide

This new guide brings together knowledge and resources from across the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) to provide agencies with practical resources on how to deliver preparedness effectively in ten areas.


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