Shongjog Activities

The Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) is a ground-breaking three-year programme that will invest £40m in disaster and emergency preparedness.  The fund is a direct response to DFID’s 2011 Humanitarian Emergency Response Review. It is intended to significantly improve the quality and speed of humanitarian response in countries at risk of natural disaster or conflict-related humanitarian emergencies. It will do this by increasing and strengthening the capacity of the humanitarian system at all levels, although support will be weighted toward training and development for local humanitarian workers at the national level. National preparedness systems, particularly around communication, will also be strengthened.

The DEPP has identified networks as critical to developing preparedness capacity and the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network has been pre-selected to deliver a £3 million programme.  The DEPP portfolio will also include several projects put forward by the Start Network, as well as projects under a competitive ‘innovation window’ made available to other NGOs and private sector organisations to deliver more innovative, potentially higher risk initiatives in priority areas.

Expected results of the DEPP

The overarching aim of the DEPP is to enable significant improvement at a national and local level in the speed and delivery of humanitarian assistance to disaster affected communities in high risk countries. It will do this by:

  • Improving the knowledge and understanding of national staff of civil society organisations and their counterparts who are usually the first on the scene of a disaster so they can be better prepared for emergencies and better able to deliver an effective response when disasters strike. National staff include those of INGOs and their national partners, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) staff, other relevant government staff;
  • Improving the institutional arrangements and policy environments for building humanitarian capacity, so that national systems for humanitarian response and preparedness are better supported and more sustainable;
  • Improving the preparedness systems for communities at risk of disaster in those countries where the DEPP is being implemented so that communities and their Governments be better prepared in advance of a disaster happening.

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About The CDAC Network

The Communicating with Disaster-Affected Communities (CDAC) Network aims to ensure that communities affected by, and prone to, crisis are better able to withstand and recover from humanitarian emergencies, and are actively engaged in decisions about the relief and recovery efforts in their country.

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About Shongjog

The Shongjog Multi-stakeholder Platform (MSP) is a collaborative effort made up of government, international and national NGOs and other groups. The MSP on Communication with Communities (CwC) will aim to ensure that there are identified credible sources of information, where information is managed and updated. The Shongjog MSP will also aim to promote trust between communities and the disaster response sector by recognizing voices of the community and reflecting them in strategies, policies and decision-making processes.

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