We are seeing an increase in humanitarian disasters which are growing more complex and severe every year. While this can devastate a community, countries that are prepared to respond can reduce the impact of disasters and enable communities to recover more quickly. A number of initiatives are aiming to reduce the impact of natural and man-made disasters by increasing countries’ own preparedness levels and capacity to respond. One of these initiatives is the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) which works to develop an effective humanitarian response where it is needed the most by significantly improving the way countries deal with people caught up in a disaster or conflict. It also aims at integrating collaboration, knowledge sharing, and a culture of learning that will make preparedness more effective at all levels, from local to international.
The DEPP projects working in Bangladesh felt it was necessary to hold a national learning conference to bring together humanitarian players across Bangladesh for an open dialogue to discuss issues facing the sector, to learn from each other, and to develop possible strategies to raise awareness of DEPP operations and similar initiatives working in the country.
The conference overall objective was to:
Bring synergy between DEPP and non-DEPP actors nationally, promote collaboration, and share learning and evidence emerging from disaster preparedness programmes in Bangladesh.
Read the report to explore the Key Lessons and high-level actions from the conference
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