We're very excited to present our brand new CDAC Network website! This new site was developed in partnership with Thomson Reuters Foundation, a founding member of the CDAC Network, and was made possible with a grant from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).
The CDAC Network is a unique collaboration between humanitarian organisations, media development agencies, and technology and other service providers. Its aim is to ensure that communities affected by crises are better able to withstand and recover from humanitarian emergencies, and are actively engaged in decisions about the relief and recovery efforts in their country.
The new website aims to make accessible sector-wide knowledge and tools for communicating with communities following crises, creating a one-stop-shop for those looking to improve their practice of communicating with disaster affected communities.
Look out for these new features when exploring the new site:
- A new and improved Tools and Resources Library will house significant #commisaid research reports, tools and guidelines, alongside CDAC Network publications. The library has been built with a comprehensive search function, so that need-to-know information about specific crises, communication channels, themes and more can now be found with ease.
- The infoasaid #MessageLibrary features prominently on the new CDAC Network website with an improved feature set, providing a searchable database of useful messages for providing critical information to affected populations in a crisis response. Thanks to Translators without Borders, a CDAC Network Member, the platform will now be available in other languages, the first set of which will go live over the summer. Look out for Arabic, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi and Bahasa Indonesian among others!
- For the first time a Learning Centre will provide space for learning and interaction, moving beyond static resources. It will host an online webinar facility where users can access a catalogue of live and recorded events, as well as learning videos related to communicating with disaster affected communities.
- An updated Marketplace offers a place to exchange information on upcoming events, job vacancies and services. Look out for a Directory of tools and resources that are available to those working in #commisaid. The directory provides information in a ‘Yellow Pages’ style about software, hardware, media training, volunteer communities and other services to support and enhance communicating with communities at field level.
- Internews and the CDAC Network have partnered to create a Humanitarian Communication and Media Roster. Still in development, the roster is also being supported by DFID. The Humanitarian Communication and Media Roster aims to ensure the CDAC Network Members and the wider sector can access standing capacity to implement communications-related preparedness, response and recovery activities. The roster recruits people who have a unique set of talents that transcend both the media and humanitarian sectors.
‘It’s fantastic to have this new website – both for our Member organisations and more generally for those seeking to improve their communication with communities during crises’ said Rachel Houghton, Director of the CDAC Network. ‘Not only will it provide a central source of information and resources to help those seeking to respond to people’s communication needs in an emergency, it will also serve as a platform for providing the international community with a better understanding of the critical importance of #commisaid in any emergency response.’
Thomson Reuters Foundation contributed significant amounts of knowledge and expertise towards the project in kind, matching the funding provided by DFID. For more information on the new site, please contact John Warnes, Technology Officer, at the CDAC Network Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org