Good practice guide coming soon: dealing with rumours in humanitarian response

Source: Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:24 AM
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The CDAC Network is developing a good practice guide on rumour tracking and management, comprising guidance, case studies and practitioners’ tools. Practitioners’ contributions, alongside research and key informant interviews, are being reviewed to develop the guide which will be peer reviewed by sector experts. This will be launched in June 2017 through a series of webinars and will provide concise guidance on why – and how – humanitarian actors should engage with rumours as part of their work to prevent or alleviate human suffering.

We have received a wide range of contributions in response to an open call for submissions of good practice, covering a variety of countries, contexts and approaches to dealing with rumours.  Contributions were received from practitioners in the humanitarian sector but also from other sectors, including the development sector and military.

Some of the areas the guide will cover:

  • Why rumours are important for communities and humanitarian actors
  • How rumours help with early warning and early action
  • How rumours deliver informal feedback and accountability
  • Using physical or virtual networks to address rumours
  • How to plan for rumours
  • Collective approaches to tackling rumours
  • In depth case studies exploring different approaches

This work is funded by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy.

Check back here for periodic updates and follow us on Twitter @CDACN #RumourGuide

For further information please contact Angela Rouse.

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