When the roof blew off and corrugated zinc sheets got entangled in cables, Tembe pulled them down. He moved the console and tried to keep things dry. In the morning, he went home. “I no longer had a home,” he said. “Gone.”
Our popular Communication is Aid video has, until now, been available in English, Frenchand Arabic. To assist those working on the response to Cyclone Idai and in other parts of the world, we have made the video available with Portuguese subtitles.
Have we overcomplicated humanitarian innovation? Are we too quick to overlook and dismiss localised solutions and coping mechanisms? Join us on 7 May 2019 in London to discuss!
The CDAC Network, its members and partners have a number of tools for use by those responding to disasters, such as that currently impacting communities in south eastern Africa following the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai.
“Every year drought is stronger and lasts for longer periods, threatening the lives of more and more people as water and food sources get smaller...” The story of community innovations that are changing the way we respond to disasters
The Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) Innovation Labs is a two-year programme that aims to foster, and eventually scale up, innovations that address key problems faced by disaster-prone communities. Download the briefing paper for all the aims, objectives and results from this programme.
During major social disruptions, such as civil conflicts, natural disasters, and other crises, access to information is of fundamental importance to response and recovery operations. A new report just launched tells us how we are doing in the translation of information into local languages.
Fondation Hirondelle and the ICRC present a guide to radio communication in humanitarian contextsin Bamako on the occasion of World Radio Day.
The CDAC Network’s latest publication, and arguably its most important, the Collective Communication and Community Engagement in humanitarian action: How to guide for leaders and responders is out now!
As the Ebola outbreak continues in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, evidence-based communication and community engagement activities are becoming ever more critical to curb the epidemic and prevent spread of the virus to neighbouring countries
BBC Media Action carried out a small scale qualitative research study that sought to understand more about Rohingya men and womens’ understanding and attitudes towards child marriage, intimate partner violence and sexual exploitation and abuse. Here's what they found.
InsightShare partnered with ActionAid to explore how participatory video could be used to enable disaster affected communities to evaluate humanitarian projects. Here's the results...
In December, the second edition of Suara Komunitas – Community Voices, was published by the community engagement working group in Palau, Indonesia. It brings together the feedback, questions and concerns of people who have been affected by the Central Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami.
In July of 2018, Ground Truth Solutions published the first of their reports summarising the feedback of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazaar of the aid they had received.Three months on, what has changed?
On December 22, the eruption of Anak Krakatau volcano in Indonesia triggered a tsunami that hit coastal towns along the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra. Here's a list of resources to assist the integration of communication and community engagement into the response.
Q&A with Anna Zofia Leal, Executive Director, ICRED, one of 40 selected innovators supported by TUKLAS to strengthen disaster risk reduction and management in the Philippines in partnership with affected communities.
The Real-Time Evaluation of Communicating with Communities Coordination in the Rohingya Response assesses how coherently, competently and adequately communication and community engagement was embedded in the response through inter-agency coordination structures.
‘Human- or user-centred design’ is a concept directly lifted from private sector innovation and product development that features regularly in humanitarian speak. But is the ‘user’ in aid terms really afforded a decision-making role in services?
Workshop attendees at the Communication and Community Engagement Initiative’s Africa Regional Workshop in Nairobi affirm their commitment to communication and community engagement as a fundamental principle in humanitarian action.
The aid sector is facing a crucial opportunity to upend top-down, hierarchical safeguarding systems that have masked wrongdoing and brushed aside victims of sexual exploitation and abuse. It’s the courage and persistence of the people who have come forward to report violations that has forced the humanitarian community to wake up to widespread, ...
Rumour Has It Guide and the Policy Paper on the Role of Collective Platforms, Services and Tools now available in multiple languages - helping to make communication and community engagement more easy to embed in humanitarian situations around the world.
The CDAC Network and Ground Truth Solutions have joined together for a project to put into place mechanisms for community preparedness and accountability for disaster response in Fiji and Vanuatu. Today saw the release of the scoping mission report for Vanuatu.
BBC Media Action, Internews and Translators without Borders have been working to improve access to information for Rohingya communities by supporting humanitarian and media agencies in their communication. Read the evaluation report now.
With extreme weather becoming a fact of life for many in the world today, there is a growing body of evidence to show that, while each flood, and earthquake and hurricane is unique, lessons from previous disasters can help inform the response to the current crisis.
Last month, Ground Truth Solutions published three bulletins summarising feedback from the Rohingya on the aid provided. Their responses and the recommendations cast a bright light on where the Rohingya response is improving lives – and where it could, and should, do more.
Our 2018 Forum convened a wide range of colleagues from both the humanitarian and development sector to discuss digital exclusion and tenuous humanitarian-development links. Read our highlights of the event and view speakers' presentations.
Despite the promises to increase engagement with crisis-affected populations, there is a still major gap between the rhetoric and the reality. Why do aid agencies still find this such a challenge and, more importantly, what can we do about it?
IFRC's Sharon Reader makes the case for why humanitarian actors don't need to be accountable to communities but should be, drawing on some shocking statistics and an operational case study.
Not addressing the wholly predictable communication challenge in a comprehensive way as part of emergency preparedness and response places any humanitarian action at a considerable disadvantage. What can be done to remove this disadvantage?
Last month the CDAC Network hosted a panel at the Geneva conference Preparing for Shock: Is Preparedness the New Frontier? We round up the session here.
The CDAC Network is a growing platform of more than 30 humanitarian, media development, social innovation, technology, and telecommunication organisations, dedicated to saving lives and making aid more effective through communication, information exchange and community engagement.