“Onions and coffee protect against the Ebola disease.” Rumours, like this one conveying incorrect information, can have catastrophic effects both for communities and the organisations working with them. Often, little attention is paid to them until it is too late.
A new practice guide, available from 14 June, examines rumours and how to work with them.
To launch the guide, the CDAC Network is running a webinar on 14 June 2017 at 09:00, repeated at 14:00 and again on 16 June at 09:00 (times are GMT - click for other time zones).
The topic will be introduced by Angela Rouse, Senior Programme Manager at the CDAC Network who will outline the importance of working with rumours and the relevance of the guide in today's humanitarian responses. The author, Jon Bugge, will then discuss how practitioners can incorporate elements into their existing programme work so that they are able to identify, verify and act upon rumours. Stijn Aelbers will talk about his experience of managing rumours with Internews, including working on their innovative, 'common service' approaches.
Register here to join a webinar and follow us on Twitter @CDACN #RumourGuide.
This work is funded by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy.