The first CDAC Network Foundation Training course for CDAC Network Member agency staff as well as members of the Humanitarian Communication and Media Roster (managed by Internews on behalf of the CDAC Network) will be held on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand week commencing 17 November.
This training, funded by the CDAC Network’s Discretionary Grant provided by DFID, will bring together approximately 20 participants with CDAC Network training advisers drawn from across the Network, and will capitalise on a wide range of existing resources in Member agencies and beyond. Potential participants have been invited to submit an application to attend the Foundation Training course.
Capacity strengthening is a strategic goal of the CDAC Network. Its aim is to ensure that humanitarian practitioners and organisations are better prepared and able to provide life-saving information and communicate with crisis-affected communities, enhancing the effectiveness of their response. This training complements existing capacity building activities of the CDAC Network, including 101 seminars, simulations and learning reviews, and has been developed in collaboration with key sector training advisers.
The upcoming training, the first of a series planned under the current DFID grant, seeks to build a cadre of quality practitioners to support the institutionalisation of ‘communicating with communities' approaches in the context of humanitarian response. The Foundation Training has four main objectives:
- To leverage the capacity of the CDAC Network Membership to establish and promote a common understanding of the ‘core components’ of a ‘communicating with communities' response
- To provide training participants with a grounding in the core components of a ‘communicating with communities' response and the capacity to embed two-way communication into their planning and approaches
- To increase and strengthen ‘communicating with communities' capacity in the humanitarian sector by training a core group of Roster Members facilitating cross-pollination and learning amongst key stakeholder;
- To support the CDAC Network’s Action Research and Learning aim by drawing on training participant’s field experiences and feedback.
Topics covered in this pilot Foundation Training will include core ‘communicating with communities' principles and practices; interagency coordination and information management systems; humanitarian response mechanisms; information and communications needs assessments; generating context-specific humanitarian messages; using data and technology in humanitarian response; partnering with local media and tech companies; representation, advocacy and fundraising; addressing sensitive topics; and research/monitoring and evaluation.
Training facilitators will draw upon background documents, real-world case studies, learning from past humanitarian interventions, and participants’ own professional experience. The training methodology will include individual and group work, multimedia tools, role-playing and other interactive approaches.
During the pilot CDAC Network Foundation Training, all participants will be expected to provide substantive feedback at the end of the course on methodology, content, pace and overall effectiveness. Following the training, participants will be provided with an opportunity to engage in information sharing forums with CDAC Network Members and other training participants. An online participatory platform which enables the rollout of new/updated modules, and monitoring will be explored.
The CDAC Network Foundation Training will be monitored to ensure delivery against agreed upon objectives. The M&E of the training will investigate key operational questions, which is intended to unlock significant improvements in training design, roll-out and follow-up. More trainings are envisioned in the context of the CDAC Network’s Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP), also funded by DFID, that will be launched in 2015 with a focus on Bangladesh and South Sudan.