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About the Learning Centre

The CDAC Network offers a range of training courses, described below, to build the knowledge and skills of leaders and practitioners wishing to strengthen communication and community engagement in their work. These courses are run periodically in different countries by expert trainers with years of experience in this field and can also be commissioned by individual or groups of organisations. Our website hosts a range of supporting materials and tools.

We can also undertake research and evaluations and provide surge capacity to support preparedness and response work.


E-learning course: Communication is aid

An introductory, three-hour e-learning course that introduces the concept of communication as aid. It takes participants through a number of interactive scenarios to teach the basic elements of how to engage and provide information for affected communities and establish communication mechanisms for dialogue. This is a 2018 update to the course originally developed through the BBC Media Action and Internews infoasaid project.

Hosted on Kaya by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, this course can be taken on its own or as a precursor to other courses.

Find out more and take the course: https://kayaconnect.org/course/info.php?id=768


Briefing Module on communication and community engagement*

In this two-hour, face-to-face facilitated module participants receive an overview of what communication and community engagement is, why it is important and how it feeds into improving accountability and participation.


Technical training: communication and community engagement in humanitarian response*

Modular in format and normally run face-to-face over five days, this course takes managers and field staff through the theory and practice to ensuring communication and community engagement are a predictable, consistent and resourced element of emergency preparedness and response. It develops the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Provide information for people affected by disaster to save lives and mitigate risk;
  2. Set up mechanisms for two-way communication between humanitarian actors and the people they seek to serve so that humanitarian programmes are informed by communities, enable their participation in humanitarian response and enable them to hold actors to account when something isn’t right;
  3. Enable communication between disaster-affected people themselves to keep people connected to each other;
  4. Engage in collaboration across different humanitarian actors, with different humanitarian actors to harness different experiences, skills and expertise.


Advanced technical training: communication and community engagement in humanitarian response*

The advanced technical training is for two primary audiences: i) field and technical staff who have completed the technical training and whose work requires a more in-depth knowledge of communication and community engagement, and ii) senior staff or those on deployment rosters, who need to have a deeper knowledge of communication and community engagement.  It covers a number of subjects including needs assessments, planning, resource mobilisation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.


To find out more, commission training or provide feedback on our modules contact us on training@cdacnetwork.org 

* For each of these CDAC Network will shortly be publishing facilitators guides with training packs, which provides all the guidance and materials required for experienced facilitators with sound knowledge of communication and community engagement to deliver the training. In the meantime you can contact us on training@cdacnetwork.org 

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The CDAC Network is a growing platform of more than 30 humanitarian, media development, social innovation, technology, and telecommunication organisations, dedicated to saving lives and making aid more effective through communication, information exchange and community engagement.

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