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Enchancing earthquake and emergency preparedness and reinforcing de-centralised response capacities in Dhaka's south region

The DEEP project is a consortium initiative of German Red Cross, Christian Aid, abd Action Contre La Faim (ACF). It is implemented through the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), with technical support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC) and American Red Cross.

This project works in 15 wards of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), aiming to: 

  1. enhance institutional preparedness;
  2. raise knowledge of earthquake risk and coordination; 
  3. and increase the engagement of schools and community associations.

The project is funded by the European Commission - Directorate General - Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection- ECHO. The total value of the project is € 1,111,956.84.

Key information


15 wards in Dhaka South City Corporation

  • Zone-4-Ward-30,31,35,36,37,42,43 & Matuail
  • Zone-5- Ward-44,45,46,47,52,53,54


June 2017 to November 2018

Extension phase December 2018 to February 2019

Programme value


Target population: 

38,410 beneficiaries, including master trainers/facilitators, volunteers, community-based groups, students and teachers, and clerical leaders

Consortium partners

  • German Red Cross (GRC) - implementation 
  • Christian Aid - advocacy and gender inclusion for the project
  • ACF - psychosocial support (capacity development for survivors, organisations and partners)  
Funded by

ECHO Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

ECHO DEEP project in Bangladesh
ECHO DEEP project in Bangladesh
Our approach

The DEEP project has created a culture of preparedness among the targeted stakeholders and ensured last-mile-connectivity at the targeted 15 wards by engaging key-stakeholders namely the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), Ministry of Disaster Management  and Relief  (MoDRM), Fire Service and Civil Defence (FSCD), Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), Ministry of Health and Child Welfare (MoH&CW), Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), Ward Disaster Management Committee (WDMC) Urban and Red Cross Yellow (RCY) Volunteers. 



  1. Key actors Ward Disaster Management Committee, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, Bangladesh Fire Service & Civil Defense (FS&CD) have improved knowledge, tools, processes and structures for preparedness and response. 
  2. The knowledge of earthquake risk and the effectiveness of response coordination has improved among key actors and the target population. 
  3. The extent to which community associations and schools promote earthquake preparedness in an effective and sustainable manner has increased. 
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