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DEPP (disasters and emergencies)

The Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) works to develop effective humanitarian response through a portfolio of projects funded by UK aid - the Department for International Development (DFID).

DEPP is a three year, £40 million initiative launched in 2014, designed to improve the quality and speed of humanitarian response and the way in which countries cope with disasters and conflict.

It is a unique collaboration between the CDAC Network (Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities) and Start Network, managed by the two networks and DFID. The two networks leverage the expertise of more than 50-member organisations, of which Christian Aid is a part.

DEPP projects

There are 14 projects in the DEPP portfolio and Christian Aid is directly involved in eight, either leading the project or as a consortium member. A selection of our projects are below: 


Age and Disability Capacity Building Programming (ADCAP)

The Age and Disability Capacity Building Programming (ADCAP) is a three-year programme aiming to ensure that older people and those with disabilities can access emergency support in times of disaster by supporting relief organisations to better respond to their needs. 



Linking Preparedness, Resilience and Response (LPRR)

The LPRR project aims to improve the understanding and use of best practices in preparedness and resilience in order to support communities affected by emergencies and communities at risk of violence. 



Shifting the Power

The Shifting the Power project aims to strengthen the capacity of local and national organisations so they can play a leading role in decision making during humanitarian crises.

Shifting the Power


Strengthening Emergency Preparedness Systems (SEPS)

The SEPS project aims to strengthen the capacity of communities at risk to prepare for disasters in the south east of Myanmar. It also works towards improving national and sub-national systems to be more responsible to the vulnerabilities facing communities in government and non-state armed group controlled areas.



Public Health Emergency Preparedness

The Public Health Emergency Preparedness project aims to strengthen early warning, preparedness and prompt response to public health emergencies in Gambella, Ethiopia - a region prone to a wide range of health hazards. 

Public health preparedness

Find out more about the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) on the Start Network website.


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