DEPP IN ACTION
The collaborative approach taken by DEPP aimed to 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 were designed to build capacity in individuals, organisations and in systems.
To read more about the learning gained from the delivery of DEPP projects, please visit disasterpreparedness.ngo
WHAT DID OUR PARTNERS SAY?
The Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme worked with 45 partners around the world. Here's what some of them said about the programme.
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.Me Désiré Bwa'ale, Programme Manager at SOPROP, local partner of the DEPP Protection in Practice project in DRC
Capacity by itself is not enough. Enabling environments and resources are necessary to express them concretely. That includes psychological, political and organisational environments.Fa fa Olivier Attidzah, Head of UNHCR Goma office, member of the DEPP Learning Hub in Democratic Republic of Congo
There is a wealth of raw capacities available locally. However it is rarely solicited.Brigitte Mapendo, Capacity builder at MDF-Goma, working with BIOFORCE for DEPP Talent Development 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.Arsene Kireho, Project Manager at CAFOD, DEPP Shifting the Power project in Democratic Republic of Congo