This is the sixth update on communicating with communities following the Nepal Earthquake, as of Friday May 8th.
It includes updates on connectivity and communication in affected areas, as well as updates from the Communicating with Communities Working Group, and information about communications initiatives.
- A Communicating with Communities (CwC) Working Group in Kathmandu is active. The group is compiling common messages from clusters and mapping existing CwC initiatives and feedback mechanisms. Meeting minutes are available on the Humanitarian Response website.
- The Radio Working Group continues to carry out assessments, carry out repairs and is compiling a list of equipment required. A map is being updated showing status and reach of radio stations.
- Appropriate content for broadcasting has been identified as a gap. There is a need to work with clusters to develop messages focused on helping people cope and rebuild.
- Resources are being sought for the Inter-Agency Common Feedback Project, which aims at coordinated information provision and feedback management across the response. It is being supported by the Humanitarian Coordinator.
- The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster is working in close collaboration with the government and service providers to ensure restoration or extension of essential communication services outside of Kathmandu.
- The need to ensure marginalised groups are reached by communications efforts has been highlighted by INGOs, to ensure the people most in need are included.