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.
Through our membership, we seek to widen access to technology and increase connectivity to improve communication in emergencies, information exchange, and support those in crisis to take part in decisions about humanitarian action. We link with technology providers, businesses and the telecommunications industry to ensure services, training and leadership opportunities are made available to people affected by disaster. We're supporting community-driven approaches to humanitarian innovation specifically in disaster preparedness in four innovation labs located in Bangladesh, Kenya, Jordan and Philippines. The labs - funded by UK Aid's Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme - promote and grow local-level solutions in disaster-prone environments to help communities build in protections against impending shocks.
We strive to amplify the voices of those affected by disasters, enabling them to directly influence humanitarian assistance decisions at local and international level that have an impact on their lives and livelihoods. As a network, we collectively advocate for systemic change both in policy and practice to put the voices of communities at the heart of humanitarian preparedness and response.
We strive to widen access to technology for disaster affected populations and lower barriers to peoples’ participation in the design and delivery of humanitarian systems and services. This means addressing emerging issues around data protection and security and upholding people's rights to access the information they need and gather and share data relevant to their situations. Use and adoption of technology in the sector has often followed a top-down approach. We seek to redress imbalances in aid systems and ensure the perspectives of those in crisis are front and centre. Our membership is unique in bringing together diverse actors in and outside the humanitarian sector to tackle unfolding challenges and ensure disaster-affected communities have the means to regain a greater degree of control over their lives.
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.