Funding from the CDAC Network’s Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) has supported a second knowledge and learning review with the Shongjog Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSP) for Communicating with Communities in Bangladesh.
Shongjog (meaning ‘linkages’ in Bangla) is a platform of more than 30 disaster response stakeholders in Bangladesh, chaired by the national government, that seeks to advocate for and coordinate activities around two-way communication and information sharing in humanitarian response and preparedness in Bangladesh. The DFID-funded DEPP has been providing secretariat support to the revitalised working group in Bangladesh since 2015, and this is the second review of the group’s progress and achievements since the start of the CDAC Network’s DEPP project.
The review, which builds on an earlier event in June 2016, was conducted in March/April 2017 through a combination of semi-structured interviews with key Shongjog members, and an online survey.
The reports below capture insightful information on Shongjog's journey and some of the emerging achievements as two-way communication and information sharing begins to gain traction in national and local humanitarian circles in Bangladesh; it also explores the operational characteristics and issues being grappled with by a collaborative venture such as Shongjog, navigating the inevitable challenges presented by joint action.