Supporting communication and community engagement for disaster preparedness and response in the Pacific

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The overarching aim of our work in the South Pacific is to assist local and regional organisations in Fiji and Vanuatu to effectively communicate with communities and engage with them more efficiently by ensuring that feedback is central to preparedness measures and response programming. This community feedback should be collected to assess disaster preparedness, as well as during and after a disaster to inform the response.

Now in its fourth year, the project is working to operationalise AAP through communications and community engagement (CCE). Together with the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network, we are supporting local actors (National Disaster Management Offices, other government depts, local aid actors and other agencies) develop systematic two-way communication systems to better inform communities and adapt disaster preparedness efforts and recovery responses.

Aiming to strengthen localisation through capacity building, we are working to support local actors in the region by embedding sustainable, locally-led solutions in-country.

Our key activities include:

  • Supporting government-led multi-stakeholder CCE platforms to lead on all CCE activities
  • Supporting relevant actors to develop systematic outgoing communications
  • Supporting relevant actors collect systematic community feedback
  • Synthesising learnings and sharing them regionally and globally

Framework for Assessing Success of National CCE Platforms