It has been a devastating week. Afghanistan fell to the Taliban on 15 August 2021, and with it an escalation in forced displacement and increase in humanitarian needs. A day earlier, on August 14, an earthquake struck Haiti, the epicentre of which was approximately 125km from the capital Port-au-Prince. The death toll has climbed past 1,300, with close to 6,000 people injured. Tropical Depression Grace, predicted to bring heavy rain, flooding and landslides to the country, is expected to make landfall on the evening of August 16. All of this occurring at a time when COVID-19 continues to surge.
The CDAC Network, its members and partners have spent over a decade developing tools and resources for use by those responding to crises, such as that currently impacting communities in Afghanistan and the wider region, and in Haiti, to ensure communication, community engagement and accountability are embedded in the emergency response plan.
Below you can find a brief but comprehensive selection of resources to assist you in the response. But if you need something specific – from a particular tool to general advice – don’t hesitate to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
KEY RESOURCES FOR THE RESPONSE
- Assessing Information and Communication Needs: A Quick and Easy Guide for Those Working in Humanitarian Response This tool provides guidance on steps humanitarian responders can take to assess and determine how to enhance communication with and among communities at different stages of an emergency.
- How-to Guide for leaders and responders: Collective Communication and Community Engagement in humanitarian action The How-to Guide brings together decades of best practice in supporting communities and affected populations fully participating in the humanitarian assistance they receive. The guide describes the framework, minimum actions and services for communication and community engagement, and the vision for a collective approach. Also available in Arabic, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
- Practice Brief: Communicating with Communities during the First Six Weeks of an Emergency Response This document captures the core elements of Communication and Community Engagement and is designed for field practitioners responding to or preparing for humanitarian emergencies.
- Suggested Actions for intercluster coordination groups to strengthen Accountability to Affected Populations and Protection in the Humanitarian Programme Cycle This document, from the IASC, the Global Protection Cluster and OCHA, provides suggested actions for intercluster coordination groups in field operations to fulfil commitments on Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) and to ensure that Protection is central to humanitarian response.
- The CDAC Network Message Library The Message Library is an online, searchable database of prepositioned messages providing a starting point for those wanting to rapidly disseminate critical information to affected populations. Message content on earthquakes is available.
- CDAC's COVID-19 Resource Library This resource library brings together a selection of guidance related to operating in emergencies and communicating with and engaging communities during the pandemic.
RAPID TRAINING ON COMMUNICATION, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY
- Communication is Aid video Communication. Why it is as important as food and shelter in emergencies. A brief two-minute introduction.
- Communication is Aid – online training From beginner to practitioner in three hours. This online training can be taken by anyone, anywhere, and is free of charge. Covers all the basics.
- Communication and Community Engagement – Briefing Module This two-hour briefing module is a two-hour training set which you can either use to familiarise yourself with the concepts and theories behind embedding CCE in a response, and with which you can brief others. You can also find out more about CDAC’s full CCE curriculum.
CONTEXT-SPECIFIC STUDIES FOR HAITI
- Haiti Learning Review (CDAC-May 2012) This learning review aims to document the activities of the CDAC Haiti initiative in the immediate aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake, assess achievements, and contribute knowledge about what worked, what didn't and why. Here’s the Executive Summary.
- Haiti: Beneficiary Communications Review (IFRC-Jan 2013) This report details and assesses the success of their communications activities with affected communities in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.
- Real-Time Evaluation: Response to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti (Groupe URD/HERE Geneva – Dec 2016) This Real-Time Evaluation was carried out by two independent experts, who visited Haiti in weeks 6 and 7 of the response. The evaluation addressed whether the international response, as guided by the Flash Appeal and supported by international humanitarian agencies, proved to be effective, efficient, relevant, and timely; and, how the planning and delivery of the response reflect the commitments listed in the Grand Bargain.
- A learning review of Communications and Community Engagement during the Hurricane Maria Response in Dominica (CDAC-Sep 2018) This learning review from the response in Dominica reflects on experiences of communication and community engagement during the response, and shares learning. It highlights examples of good practice, lessons learned and where and why challenges arose.
Should you have resources related to this response you’d like to share with the CDAC Network members partners and with the wider humanitarian sector, please email email@example.com