The CDAC Network and Ground Truth Solutions have joined together for a project to put into place mechanisms for community preparedness and accountability for disaster response in Fiji and Vanuatu. Today saw the release of the scoping mission report for Vanuatu, undertaken by CARE Vanuatu on behalf of the CDAC Network.
The project aims to assist local and regional organisations to bring the benefits of the Participation Revolution to the programmes they manage by ensuring effective communication and community engagement.
The project seeks to achieve two key outcomes:
Outcome 1:Building on existing structures, two platforms for communication and community engagement are pre-positioned and lead to better preparedness and response. It will involve the pre-positioning of a communication and community engagement platforms in Fiji, which will have the potential for regional influence, and one in Vanuatu with a national and local focus.
Outcome 2:National and local responders are better prepared to systematically listen and respond to the perceptions of people impacted by crises and to adapt programming accordingly. It involves capacity development on systematic collection, analysis and sense-making of feedback from affected communities on key dimensions of humanitarian performance, aimed at national and local organisations in both Fiji and Vanuatu.
This report provides key insights into the status of communication and engagement with communities in Vanuatu and seven recommendations on how it can be improved.