The Joint CDAC and Ground Truth Solutions (GTS) project on Operationalising Localisation and the Participation Revolution: Communications Preparedness and Accountability for Disaster Response in Fiji and Vanuatu aims to assist local and regional organisations to bring the benefits of the Participation Revolution to the programmes they manage by ensuring effective communication and community engagement.
The project seeks to achieve two key outcomes:
Outcome 1: Building on existing structures, two platforms for communication and community engagement are pre-positioned and lead to better preparedness and response. It will involve the pre-positioning of a communication and community engagement platforms in Fiji, which will have the potential for regional influence, and one in Vanuatu with a national and local focus.
Outcome 2: National and local responders are better prepared to systematically listen and respond to the perceptions of people impacted by crises and to adapt programming accordingly. It involves capacity development on systematic collection, analysis and sense-making of feedback from affected communities on key dimensions of humanitarian performance, aimed at national and local organisations in both Fiji and Vanuatu.
The Scoping Mission for Fiji was undertaken by the CDAC Network and Ground Truth Solutions.
Regularly affected by cyclones, earthquakes, floods and droughts, Fiji is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to disaster. Disaster preparedness and response have been a key focus of the Fiji Government, donors, and humanitarian actors. As a result, disaster preparedness and emergency response systems and resources are in place, and a network of national and international stakeholders are committed to their development. This report provides key insights into the status of communication and engagement with communities in Fiji and seven recommendations on how it can be improved.
This Project is supported by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The full report can be downloaded below.