Contact our LOT B – Resilience Secretariat

For any requests for support or general enquiries please contact

Or call Cathy Shaw at the Lot B – Resilience Secretariat on
+44 (0)1442 202400

EACDS and DAI’s Know How Lab

The Expert Advisory Call-Down Service (EACDS) on Strengthening Resilience and Response to Crises is managed by DAI’s Know-How Lab.

Complementing DAI’s in-house technical expertise and management strengths for large projects, the Know How Lab team specialises in bespoke support for clients with innovative requirements and those needing rapid or flexible support. With a focus on adding value, cost effectiveness and learning from ‘what works’, and using Human Centred Design principles, the Know How Lab provides solutions for

  • Scoping and targeting
  • Prototyping and piloting
  • Scaling up
  • Feasibility assessment
  • Evidence building and business cases
  • Building partnerships for delivery and sustainability
  • Iterative learning and design

The Know How Lab draws on DAI’s proven capacity for establishing effective and flexible networks to mobilise niche expertise quickly, and facilitate interdisciplinary cooperation between multiple partners.

The Service

Through EACDS we offer rapid response support across the wide range of challenges associated with building resilience though development programmes.

This includes: risk informed design and delivery across all development spend; risk financing; understanding changing systems; and strategic integration of humanitarian action and development.

Selected through competitive tender by UK DFID, our dedicated Secretariat team can work with you to define bespoke support, source and contract expertise quickly and deliver high quality assignments, drawing on our broad consortium of expert technical partners. The image below highlights our consortium partners:

DAI’s EACDS Lot B Consortium Partners

Who can use the service?

The service is available to UK Government departments and also other clients working in international development and humanitarian action.

DAI can support design & scoping work; studies and analysis, project reviews and monitoring; capacity building; evidence reviews; bespoke support facilities and other types of requests, no matter how unusual!

We offer a clear and simple process and build strong, practical partnerships for rapid and responsive delivery through:

  • Support in thinking through new ideas and Terms of Reference (ToR)
  • A thorough and flexible procurement service, getting you the right expertise at the right price
  • Integrated contractual, project and financial management
  • Consistent end-to-end quality assurance
  • A pro-active approach to knowledge sharing and effective communication of results

Support in developing scope of work and sourcing expertise is free – clients only pay for delivery of projects.

Even if all you have is an idea, DAI can guide and advise in turning this into a fully functioning and supported project.

What can we help you with?

Building resilience to shocks and stresses

Linking humanitarian and development approaches and action

Support in ongoing crises, including fragile and confict affected states

Tackling global public health risks

Mitigating and adapting to climate change

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Risk informed development investments across key sectors

Risk informed development investments across key sectors including health, private sector, infrastructure, livelihoods, nutrition, social protection, education and food security. Support in policy and analysis as well as design, delivery and monitoring of interventions addressing:

  • Hazard and risk analysis and early warning
  • Effective response to protracted crises – solving chronic needs
  • Tackling long-term stresses
  • Anticipating and mitigating shocks – preparing for recurrent or seasonal shocks
  • Responding to shock – building back better
  • Financing risk – contingency and risk financing, insurance and private sector
Humanitarian (NB excluding operational crisis response)
  • Design of humanitarian response and preparedness programmes
  • Disaster management theory and architecture, and humanitarian sector specialisms (sudden or protracted disasters)
  • Integrating disaster response with development – in both directions
Understanding and responding to the changing nature of systems and society

Identifying the nature and drivers of changes in the following areas – and how the impact each other in turn:

  • Migration
  • Global and local food security
  • Human health and health systems
  • Agriculture
  • Natural resources and eco-systems
  • Demographic change
  • Structural economic change and urbanisation
  • Economic demand and supply
  • Poor people’s livelihoods and opportunities
  • The built environment and infrastructure
  • Climate change
How else can we support you?

Our consortium brings a wide range of cross-cutting skills to underpin the quality, relevance and impact of work we do:

  • Recognising the needs, skills and voice of women and girls
  • Leaving no-one behind
  • Harnessing local expertise and building local capacity
  • ICT for development
  • Data for impact – making complex data user-friendly
  • Communications and visibility – ensuring the right messages reach the right people
  • Understanding security and safety requirements
  • Assuring quality of evidence
  • Rapid Evidence Assessments and Systematic Reviews
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Call us on +44 (0)1442 202400 or email info@lotb-resilience.org