What We Do Advocacy


We strive to amplify the voices of those affected by disasters, enabling them to directly influence change in policies and practice at both the local and global levels. Through our membership and through our partners, we have the humanitarian and media development expertise coupled with the technological and logistical capability to enable individuals and communities to advocate for their own role, needs, and rights in emergency preparedness and response. 

We advance the argument for community voices to be recognised as a primary and authentic data and knowledge source.

CDAC and its individual Members systematically advocate for the development of community engagement as a predictable, consistent and properly funded aspect of preparedness, response and recovery.

We draw from our own research and that of other agencies in the sector as well as from academia to make this argument and influence policy and donor funding decisions. As part of its contribution to a more favourable environment for better communication and engagement with communities, CDAC was and is active in ensuring it is integrated into the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability addressed as part of the World Humanitarian Summit, among other international fora and influencing the direction and strategy of the Grand Bargain commitments, in particular the Participation Revolution workstream.

What they desperately needed was access to local information in a language they understood – could they go home? Where were the local services and who were all these foreigners who said they were coming to help?
Mark Frohardt, Executive Director of Internews Center for Innovation and Learning
I can’t see, so when my radio was destroyed in the cyclone, I felt very isolated. Now that I have a radio, I feel like I can see!
A blind monk in Burma who received a radio after Cyclone Nargis
Poor information flow is undoubtedly the biggest source of dissatisfaction, anger and frustration among affected people.
Tsunami Evaluation Coalition Synthesis Report
If we understand what is going on, we can be patient...
A man talking to the CDA Listening Project in Aceh
A community without a radio is worth nothing...People have already realized here that without radio the region is dead
Internews Humanitarian Information Service in Eastern Chad - Rahma Mohamed Ibed
I would say that registration [of those in camps] would have been almost impossible without the support of the communications teams.
CCCM Cluster Coordinator Haiti
We were trying to be a community safety valve – to sit the two groups down together and find out how they felt about the problems. If we couldn’t get them into the studio we would send the reporters out to the camps.
Radio Absoun, Chad
When people work and sweat in the field together their relationship becomes stronger, and when disaster strikes they will do virtually anything for their team. FRR seeks to build this kind of team in disaster prone countries before disaster strikes and has been taking this approach since 2007.
Mike Adams, First Response Radio