Guidance for Establishing an Affected Persons Information Centre

Organisation: | Oct 2014 Author: Viktoria Lovrics and Andrej Verity
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This guidance for establishing an Affected Persons Information Centre (APIC) was developed by Viktoria Lovrics, (Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Tornonto) and Andrej Verity (UNOCHA) with contributions from the CDAC Network Secretariat and CDAC Network Members including Internews, Translators without Borders, IoM, UNOCHA. It has been designed with practical checklists for responders who seek to share information in a way that empowers affected communities. The guidance builds on evidence and learning generated by UNOCHA from 1999 to 2008 through the establishment of Humanitarian Information Centres (HICs) which were designed to collect and manage information in a disaster. The APIC is designed to be a publicly accessible physical  space which complements common methods of  information collection and dissemination. The APIC is designed with three key objectives: to empower affected persons through sharing information; to facilitate a participatory aid model by enabling technology use by the affected population during an emergency; to allow responders to collect valuable information in a structured way as people visit. The benefits of establishing an APIC are outlined within this document, including the mutual benefits on information exchange, the importance of strengthened relationships and a space to foster dialogue. Some of the limitations which need to be considered, including security, the potential for marginalisation and social political constraints are also included.

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