CDAC Network helps global humanitarian push for the 'Participation Revolution'

Source: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:22 PM
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CDAC Network’s Director, Marian Casey-Maslem, is involved with developing what the 'Participation Revolution' will mean for humanitarian action in the future, how those affected by tragedy will be active in any response and how it will be truly authentic. She notes that what is already laid down "is a useful framework for CDAC’s work on communication and community engagement as it captures much of what members of CDAC are committed to already." She adds that the CDAC Network brings a long standing commitment to dialogue with a deep understanding of the importance of working in multiple languages, across indigenous channels and using appropriate technologies. This she says, "needs the applied attention of donors and leaders in humanitarian organisations otherwise we shall be defaulting to top down approaches that create misunderstandings and do not utilise local knowledge."  

The participation commitment agreed  as part of the World Humanitarian Summit ‘Grand Bargain' takes as the starting point “the need to include the people affected by humanitarian crises and their communities in our decisions to be certain that the humanitarian response is relevant, timely, effective and efficient”. The supporting narrative for this includes core components of “participation”. These commit responders to;

 - Dialogue with, and listening to, affected people and communities
 - Acting based on what has been heard
 - Giving feedback on the decisions and the actions taken
 - Receiving feedback on how response is received
 - Adapting actions based on the feedback received
 - Providing accessible, timely and relevant information

For more information on this and the other workstreams please see Final Summary Note of the Grand Bargain Meeting of Sept 2016   (here)

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