It has been widely agreed that national platforms for Communication and Community Engagement (CCE) are essential for making progress toward greater participation and accountability in humanitarian response. A policy paper describing this in detail was produced by the CDAC Network in 2016, supported by a recently-developed How-To Guide for organisations interested in establishing such platforms.
By ‘platforms’, the network refers to innovative coordination mechanisms that bring together community engagement activities and sit within, or influence, overall response leadership. These ensure community engagement efforts are coordinated, systemic and locally-led.
This Common Services for Communication and Community Engagement National and Sub-National Platforms: A Status Update October 2019 outlines the context, leads, donors and challenges and opportunities of 20 national platforms in 19 countries that are currently operating.