This exercise has been designed to help people discuss the importance of access to information and two-way communication in a response. It includes facilitator notes to guide the main talking points which include the importance of information as aid. This exercise was piloted during the CDAC Network Foundation Pilot Training in November 2014 with participants from a range of geographic and professional backgrounds.
We hope it helps you start the #commisaid conversation with your colleagues. It’s designed to be low-tech - all you need is a piece of paper and a pair of scissors.
Without information and two-way communication disaster affected people cannot access services or make the best decisions for themselves and their communities; neither can they hold aid agencies to account. When people are given the opportunity to voice their opinions and provide feedback this enhances their sense of well‐being, helps them adapt to the challenges they face, and better enables them to take an active role in their own recovery. Information and communication are critical to ensuring that disaster affected people are at the centre of humanitarian action.
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