I can’t see, so when my radio was destroyed in the cyclone, I felt very isolated. Now that I have a radio, I feel like I can see!
A blind Monk in Burma who received a radio after cyclone Nargis
Poor information flow is undoubtedly the biggest source of dissatisfaction, anger and frustration among affected people
TEC Thematic Evaluation
If we understand what is going on, we can be patient
A man talking to the CDA Learning Project in Aceh
I would say that registration [of those in camps] would have been almost impossible without the support of the communications teams
CCCM Cluster Coordinator Haiti
“A community without a radio is worth nothing,”....“People have already realized here that without radio the region is dead"
Internews Humanitarian Information Service in Eastern Chad
Rahma Mohamed Ibed
“What they desperately needed was access to local information in a language they understood – could they go home? Where were the local services and who were all these foreigners who said they were coming to help?”
Mark Frohardt, at the time Internews’ Vice President for Africa
“We were trying to be a community safety valve – to sit the two groups down together and find out how they felt about the problems. If we couldn’t get them into the studio we would send the reporters out to the camps.”
The CDAC Network convenes a diverse group of practitioners so as to create space for innovative thinking to occur; explore critical questions and concerns; share knowledge, learning and skills; and strengthen collaboration between different stakeholder groups.
Convening the CDAC Network’s unique membership and partner organisations creates opportunities for collaboration where innovative exchanges can take place; exchanges that typically occur across, not within, stakeholder boundaries. The key here is that the CDAC Network seeks to create space where innovative, solution-oriented conversations can take place. It brings together diverse yet compatible actors – including humanitarian actors, technology and telecoms providers, and media development agencies – in order to increase mutual understanding and foster greater collaboration among them toward more effective field practice.
At field level, convening is lead by one or more Members; at the global level, the CDAC Secretariat takes a prominent, though not exclusive, role.
There is no similar formal stakeholder group in the humanitarian sector, and CDAC Network Members are pushing the boundaries of humanitarian action by exploring how the potential of two-way communication, especially through the use of different media and technology channels, can be exploited for the benefit of crisis affected people.
Convening feeds into and draws from all of the Network's activities. Convening happens at all levels within Member agencies and also between stakeholders from the wider humanitarian sector.
Convening provides a platform for advocacy, bringing together many voices to amplify the message, as well as a space for sharing, learning, innovating and strengthening capacity.
The Network's website acts as a central information hub for information on the issue of communicating with crisis affected populations. It also acts as space where members and interested stakeholders can learn more about the vision, purpose and values of the CDAC-N and about the members.
Further development of the website will see it become a platform for discussion and learning between members and interested stakeholders.