Who are we?

The power of a multi-faceted partnership

The partners bring a mix of skill sets and backgrounds. This places the lab in a strong position to tap and build upon local innovations, validate and lend credibility to them, and enable their scaling and replication in the region.

DEPP Innovation Labs

The Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) works to develop humanitarian response capacity in disaster affected communities. Jointly managed by Start and CDAC Networks, the DEPP Innovation Labs is a two-year programme, funded by UK Aid, which has set up a network of four labs to identify and support the development of innovative solutions to disaster preparedness.

The labs operate primarily from a ‘bottom up’ perspective, identifying areas of innovation which come directly from disaster affected communities and the organisations working closely with them.

The programme promotes cross-sector partnerships with a range of private sector, research, civil society and/or government organisations and create new opportunities for learning and collaboration and potential avenues to scale emerging areas of innovation.

Dhaka Community Hospital Trust (DCHT), Bangladesh

The lab host, DCHT is a Bangladeshi medical college that runs integrated, sustainable and affordable health care delivery systems across Bangladesh.


SEEDS, India

SEEDS Technical Services (STS) is an innovative research, planning and training organisation that uses novel approaches to build more resilient communities.


Centre for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), Belgium

CRED based in the University of Louvain School of Public Health in Brussels holds EM-DAT, the world’s most credible disaster database.


University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia

The School of Built Environment at UNSW works on high-impact cutting edge resilience approaches.


Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN)

ADRRN is a civil society network of 56 national NGOs across the Asian region.

Contact Us

Dr. Muhammad Fuadul Islam
Project Manager
Dhaka Community Hospital Trust

190/1, Baro Moghbazar (Wireless Railgate)
Dhaka 1217, Bangladesh

+88 02 9351190, +88 02 9351191
[email protected]

Ms. Meghna Chawla
Communications Specialist

15 A, Institutional Area, Sector 4, RK Puram
New Delhi 110 022, India

+91 11 261 74272
[email protected]

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