We invest in supporting country-level, inter-agency platforms both in preparedness and response to deliver common services for more effective communication and community engagement. At the national, regional and global level we facilitate new forums, creating new communities of practice and cross-sector connections, showcasing good practice, mainstreaming inclusive technology approaches, and building capacity.
We develop capacity at the individual, agency and sector level by providing and highlighting training and peer-to-peer learning opportunities around the world and, in partnership with NORCAP, maintaining a roster of skilled, deployable experts. To support this are of work we also develop and share resources, such as guidelines and toolkits, based on research and good practice.
We’re pushing the boundaries of innovation and technology to increase the involvement of people affected by disaster in the design, development and delivery of humanitarian solutions. Through our membership, we’re widening access to technology, improving training and increasing connectivity to improve communication in emergencies, information exchange, and lift people’s agency in disaster situations.
CDAC is a trusted, lead source for research, tools and the latest thinking on communication and community engagement in disaster response. We offer practical, field-ready resources, policy and learning in multiple languages that strengthen relevant skills at the practitioner level and drive change at the organisational and global systems level. We’re committed to driving improvements in the sector to embed quality communication and community engagement in humanitarian action.
Access to technology aids people’s survival and recovery in disasters. We’re developing new and creative ways to knock down barriers to people’s participation in digital transformation agendas. By bringing together tech providers, technologists, innovation specialists, and businesses, we want to see the right tools in the hands of people in need so they can develop solutions that work for them and lead in relief efforts.
Since our founding in 2009, we have consistently made the case for communication and community engagement being critical to more effective preparedness and response. We undertake research to build an evidence base and strengthen learning, and develop guidance and tools based on good practice to strengthen capacity at the individual and agency level.
We convene and collaborate, undertake research and share learning, strengthen capacity, advocate, innovate and work with technology. One of the ways in which we do this is through convening communities of practice. We currently have two communities of practice, Field Response, chaired by OCHA, and Innovation, chaired by UNHCR.
The CDAC Network is a growing platform of more than 30 humanitarian, media development, social innovation, technology, and telecommunication organisations, dedicated to saving lives and making aid more effective through communication, information exchange and community engagement.