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What is CDAC?
Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC)- Haiti.
CDAC’s central objective is to provide a coordinated service to enable humanitarian operations to get lifesaving information to affected populations and to channel their voices back to the providers of assistance working with local media and non mass media communications
CDAC’s initiative in Haiti is a cross cluster service that brings together experts in outreach and communications and humanitarians in a collective effort to improve a two-way communication flow between the humanitarian community and affected populations. CDAC is a source of expertise and advice, a community of practice and an advocacy platform that aims at ensuring that the humanitarian sector mainstreams CDAC and local media play a vital role to maximize aid effectiveness, accountability and transparency to affected communities.
CDAC Global was founded by a group of international relief and development organizations including Save the Children, IFRC and OCHA, and media development agencies including Thomson Reuters Foundation, BBC World Service Trust, International Media Support (IMS) and Internews. CDAC Haiti is led by Internews and supported by OCHA. The CDAC network in Haiti includes experts in radio, mass media, SMS, web based and non mass media communications, public information officers, and journalists, both local and international.
So far, CDAC in Haiti, working through member organisations funded by different donors*, has:
- Provided a coordinated service to disseminate lifesaving information, including explaining food distribution systems, publicizing vaccination campaigns and cash-for-work programs, etc, to organizations including WFP, MSF, UNDP, IFRC, MINUSTAH and the Ministry of Information.
- Carried out needs assessments of local media, and provided emergency assistance.
- Coordinated the distribution of 12,000 wind-up radios donated by the US government.
- Coordinated development of outreach around the Safer Shelter initiative.
- Provided advice and materials to camp leaders on information campaigns around relocation.
- Established a media centre for local journalists.
Key services include:
- Daily humanitarian radio show produced by Internews in Creole called ENFOMASYON NOU DWE KONNEN (ENDK) (News You Can Use) broadcast across 25 radio stations.
- Advice on working with local media, including audience research and contacts for local stations, journalist associations and telecoms providers.
- Coordination of and technical advice to major humanitarian outreach campaigns.
- Ongoing audience research and mapping, including of non-mass media information channels.
- Weekly meetings to discuss and coordinate ongoing outreach initiatives and needs.
- Ongoing support to local media in recovering from the quake.
- Establishment of feedback, public opinion and focus group mechanisms on issues relating to recovery and reconstruction, and channeling of findings back to humanitarian responders.
- Support to development of longer term outreach and communications work including soap operas, on-air psychosocial work etc.
- Development of working relationships with local media and communications service providers, including the private sector, PR and research companies, printing companies etc.
* OCHA, USAID, Norwegian Government, John D. and Catherine T. McArthur Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and various private donors.