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Talking to people in Bangui during the 2013-2014 crisis, we discovered radio was playing a vital role in providing “normality” and sense of order. Having a schedule set by the radio helped people structure their day when nothing around them was working anymore.
Caroline Vuillemin, Chief Executive Officer, Fondation Hirondelle

Who We Are

Established in 2009, we are a growing network 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. 

We bring together local, regional and global actors to catalyse communities’ ability to connect, access information and have a voice in humanitarian emergenciesThis enhances the effectiveness of aid; fosters greater accountability, transparency and trust; and improves the outcomes experienced by affected people. 

Such an approach is reflected in the Grand Bargain commitments of the World Humanitarian Summit, and is a precondition for achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

The positive impact of our approach has been demonstrated in emergencies as diverse as the Hurricane Irma and Maria in the Caribbean, the European refugee migration emergency, Yemen and the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh.

Common Values

As a network, a number of common values guide our behaviour and bind us together beyond our individual brands. These values define what is important to us and how we work together to achieve our vision and strategic aims.

  • Collaboration: We work together globally to ensure consistency of approach and message across the network and partner locally to enable communities to have the most effective and appropriate solutions.
  • Empowerment: We demonstrate by our work practice that we are supporting and enabling government and civil society leadership and decision-making in-country, recognising community members as critical first responders.
  • Partnership: We broker relationships and work together constructively in accordance with the Principles of Partnership in pursuit of the Network’s vision and purpose. The principles encourage behaviours that promote: equality, transparency, results-oriented approach, responsibility and complementarity.
  • Innovation: We explore and engage with new information and communication technologies, taking risks when needed, being creative and adding value to our work.

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