Sign up for the CDAC Network '101 Seminar': Social Media for Emergencies

Source: Mon, 11 Nov 2013 04:53 PM
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  The CDAC Network is pleased to announce its next '101' Seminar which will be on the use of Social Media for Emergencies.This will take place on Monday 25th November 2013. This exciting, practically focused event will be led by Network Members Internews and WFP, and hosted by Plan UK. Anahi Ayala of Internews US and Greg Barrow of the World Food Program (WFP) will lead the event.   In the new landscape of information technologies, Social Media is playing an important role in connecting communities to the world and to humanitarian organisations. Real-time, user generated content is not just an uncontrolled influx of information but also a resource that can be used to increase transparency, efficiency and communication with disaster affected communities. Our ability to use and take advantage of this information can significantly increase the efficacy of our work as humanitarian organisations, but also increase two-way communication with the communities aid agencies are meant to serve. The Social Media seminar will cover how to share information effectively with crisis-affected people using Social Media, including a particular emphasis on verifying social media content. Among other challenges, attendees will be invited to develop a Social Media communications strategy and produce a short Social Media response for an imaginary crisis-affected audience. The seminar will be of particular benefit to emergency operations managers and C4D officers who are keen to develop efficient Social Media Strategies that deliver the most appropriate aid information faster, more effectively and more securely to those who need it most. The purpose of the CDAC Network’s ‘101’ seminar series is to build the capacity of Network Members and other key stakeholders by improving information sharing among Members and the wider humanitarian community. The seminars utilise the skills and experience of specific Members who are asked to share their expertise with others through face-to-face, dynamic and interactive seminars.  Thus far, the CDAC Network has organised seminars on Humanitarian Broadcasting and Lifeline Communications for Emergencies (BBC Media Action);  Humanitarian Financing (OCHA); and SMS Communication (FrontlineSMS). For briefings of previous events or additional information please visit our website. About Internews:Internews is an international non-profit  media development organisation whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard. About WFP:The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  Last year, WFP provided food assistance to 97.2 million people in 80 countries.  WFP’s primary objectives are to save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies; to support or restore food security and nutrition after emergencies; to help communities to meet their own nutritional needs; and to break the inter-generational cycle of hunger. Event Registration:Early booking is  highly recommended as tickets are limited. Register now. Kindly note: Three tickets available for CDAC Network Members organisations and one ticket for non-members, however we will operate a waiting list policy, so please email us if you require extra tickets. Location:  Plan UK. See directions on our Eventbrite page below.Date: Monday 25th November  Time: 09:30 – 16:30Registration: Please register via the CDAC Network Eventbrite page Current CDAC Network Members: Action Aid; BBC Media Action; Fdl Development; First Response Radio; Freeplay Energy; Frontline SMS; International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); International Media Support (IMS); International Organisation for Migration (IOM); Internews; Merlin; Plan UK; Save the Children; the Thomson Reuters Foundation; Translators Without Borders; the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA); the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); World Food Program (WFP); and World Vision International Please note, this is a free event and we will be unable to assist with any travel or accomodation costs. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. If you have any further questions, please contact: Natasha WissanjiResearch and Communication Officer, CDAC NetworkMob: +44 (0)771 721 5968Email: natasha.wissanji@cdacnetwork.org We look forward to seeing you there.The CDAC Network Secretariat

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