Fanning the Flame: The CDAC Network – A Movement for Change (2009 – 2014) charts the story of the CDAC Network to date, from the now infamous ‘pub meeting’ in New York in 2009 to the Network’s first Members’ Council in May 2014. It tells the story of the Network’s formative years; a time of forming and storming as the diverse Membership set about building a movement for fundamental change in the way the humanitarian sector operates.
Fanning the Flame swiftly demonstrates that the CDAC Network has come a long way in a relatively short period of time: communicating with disaster affected communities, and effective community engagement, is now firmly on the humanitarian agenda. Network Members can be confident that this is a result of their tireless efforts – both together as part of the CDAC Network as well as through their own work.
But we all know there is still a very long way to go.
As with all new initiatives the case study also makes clear that there have been, and continue to be, challenges at the heart of our work together. It addresses these challenges head on as it presents both the diverse, and sometimes divergent, viewpoints of those interviewed. What shines through is Network Members’ passion and commitment to ensuring that communicating with disaster affected communities becomes a consistent, resourced and predictable element of humanitarian preparedness and response, and their commitment to the CDAC Network as an important vehicle and voice in propelling this agenda forward.
Fanning the Flame has been written by Ros Tennyson, of the Partnership Brokers Association. Ros has an insatiable curiosity, and is incredibly insightful, about cross-sector collaboration. She has trained and continues to support the Secretariat team in its role as a brokering unit.
The case study is the first output of the Network’s new Results and Learning Framework. This Framework encourages story telling as a way of making sense of complex collaborative processes. The CDAC Network believes that we need to learn how to maximise our collaborative advantage because multi-stakeholder and cross-sector collaborations are still relatively new delivery mechanisms in the humanitarian sector, and we need to learn how to do them better.