About the NetworkWho We Are
As well as saving lives, information reduces suffering in the wake of disaster
Markku Niskala, Former Secretary General of the IFRC

Who We Are

The CDAC Network is a  unique cross-sector collaboration.The key principles of collaboration and partnership underpin the way Network Members work together to respond to the challenges facing humanitarian action, as emergencies increase in magnitude and complexity.

The CDAC Network’s purpose is to bring together diverse local, regional and global actors to catalyse communities’ ability to connect, access information and have a voice in humanitarian emergencies.This enhances the effectiveness of aid; fosters greater accountability, transparency and trust; and improves the outcomes experienced by affected people. Importantly, it enables stronger communication within affected communities and between affected people and other stakeholders.

The aims of the CDAC Network are that:

  1. Strengthen collaboration for more effective communication and community engagement
    • Convening and collaboration At the local, regional and global level, to organize and facilitate new foras, and create new communities of practice, cross-sector connections, showcase good practice, mainstream inclusive technology approaches, and build capacity
    • Support common services Invest in country-level and inter-agency multi-stakeholder platforms and common services
  2. Advocate for systemic change to put the voices of communities at the heart of humanitarian preparedness and response
    • Community voices Directly and through better and more inclusive feedback systems, amplify the voices, communication needs and feedback of communities affected by or at risk of crisis to improve policy and practice
    • Information Strengthen the business and ethical case for providing timely and accurate information, utilizing evidence-based advocacy approaches
    • Operational change Through evidence-based advocacy to donors and other gatekeepers, and capacity-building direct to implementers, support the trend towards adaptive programming and effective innovation
  3. Strengthen learning and support the production of evidence about communication and community engagement
    • Building an evidence base Build the evidence base around Communicating with Communities, the role of communication in crisis, impactful use of appropriate communication technologies and effective institutional and policy change
    • Guidance, tools and good practice Develop, synthesise and curate evidence-based strategic and operational guidance
    • Library of resources Create a searchable, curated library featuring case studies, best practice, and tools in diverse languages
    • Capacity development and roster Develop capacity at the individual and agency level, by highlighting and providing training and peer-to-peer learning opportunities around the world, and maintaining a roster of skilled deployable experts
  4. (Enabling) Strengthen the Network to ensure robust governance principles and a sustainable financial structure
    • Funding and business model Diversify the funding model for innovation around CwC and for the Network’s activity
    • Governance Through a new governance and incorporation model and more diverse governing board, embody and support the development of the Network that can carry out the Strategy
    • Secretariat Members and Board will dynamically and flexibly maintain a Secretariat which can support the network to deliver on its aims, having regard to sustainability and positioning within the global humanitarian system.

More information on CDAC Network Members can be found here.

For information about the CDAC Network Secretariat click here.

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