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Collective Communication and Community Engagement in humanitarian action: How to Guide for leaders and responders 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. It provides practical guidance on implementing the minimum actions and services, setting up national, multi-stakeholder platforms and providing leadership, championing and advocacy for change in this area. It is based on action research into a number of initiatives and organisations as well as gap analyses and recommendations for strengthening and scaling practice.

The guide is intended primarily for practitioners and leaders working in national and international humanitarian and media development organisations as well as other entities involved in preparedness, response and recovery. Experience in the humanitarian sector and prior knowledge of relevant policies, plans and processes is assumed, as is familiarity with the humanitarian architecture, the humanitarian programme cycle and accountability to affected populations. The content is illustrated by numerous case studies, in order to contextualise some of the practices outlined. 

This How to Guide is currently available in English and can be downloaded below. We hope to make this guide available in Arabic, French and Spanish before the end of 2019.

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About the CDAC Network

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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