The Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) Innovation Labs aims to identify and fund innovative solutions to disaster preparedness through a network of labs based around the world in countries prone to disaster. The labs operate primarily from a ‘bottom up’ perspective, identifying areas of innovation which come directly from disaster affected communities and the organizations working closely with them. The programme aims to promote 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. Labs have been set up in countries prone to disaster, in Bangladesh, Jordan, Kenya, and the Philippines. Each lab is embedded in vulnerable communities to ensure that a user-centered design process creates solutions that work for local communities.



The Bangladesh Lab aims to examine and improve the direct impact of the built environment on emergencies. The lab seeks to find and support ideas that build safer communities, and being based out of Korail, Bangladesh’s largest slum, it will ensure ideas are led by the local community.

The Disaster & Emergencies Preparedness Programme Innovation Lab Bangladesh leading by the partnership of Dhaka Community Hospital Trust (DCH Trust) and SEEDS India aims to identify community based innovations initially related to vulnerable community in a urban setting linking built environment and emergency health risk, using communications and entrepreneurship as medium for impact and sustainability. The lab will have six key functions:  1. Scouting.  2. Identification.  3. Financial Support. 4. Technical and social validation. 5. Core research. 6. Dissemination.  A screening process will start with the selection of 25 innovative ideals; shortlisted 12 then select 6 to be developed through small grants based on the potential value of product, process, position and paradigm innovation. Two pilot projects will be selected through effective diffusion by University of North South Wales (UNSW), Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) and academic and research centers. The emergent innovations will be applied in different parts of Bangladesh and regionally through Asian Disaster Response and Reduction Network (ADRRN). The project will be documented, published and disseminated through partners.