There are a number of global level frameworks and commitments that have components specific to communication and community engagement. Whilst these spell out what action needs to be taken they are not consistently and coherently taken on board by humanitarian actors. They include:
- The Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) AAP Commitments
- The IASC Policy on Protection in Humanitarian Action
- IASC EDG Preliminary Guidance Note – Protection and Accountability to Affected Populations in the Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC)
- The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability
- The Principles of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Response Programmes
- The Red Cross Movement Guide to Community Engagement and Accountability (CEA)
- The Sphere Handbook: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response
- The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) Grand Bargain
- UNICEF Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action.
The full note, which you can download below, highlights and details these key frameworks and commitments in relation to communication and community engagement that are already in place.
It is useful to read this in conjunction with the CDAC Network paper on “The Role of Collective Platforms, Services and Tools to support Communication and Community engagement”.