What Works for Humanitarian Capacity Development? Learning from the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP)

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By Kristen Hagemeister, Sara Morelli, Albert Ninepence and Alice Robinson

Faced with multiple complex crises and a growing number of people in need of assistance, the humanitarian system is under pressure (ALNAP, 2015). Although overall humanitarian funding is increasing, this has been outstripped by growth in the number of people targeted for assistance. There is mounting recognition of the need to invest in disaster preparedness and resilience, and in local and national response capacities (ALNAP, 2015). This is reflected in the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP), which aims to improve the quality and speed of humanitarian response at the local and national level in 11 countries (DEPP Learning Project, 2015). This report examines what is working in the DEPP’s diverse approaches to humanitarian capacity development (CD), drawing out lessons for the future of the DEPP and the wider sector.


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