Who we are Members

About our Members

Established in 2009, the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities Network, CDAC Network (CDAC-N) 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. The Network focuses on the critical interface between humanitarian aid and those in crisis.

Members represent bodies which have considerable experience, involving a wide range of communication activities such as translation, messaging, connectivity, community based market research and feedback. As such they operate in an area beyond provision, and act to create understanding and information that can be used by all. The aim is to strengthen community and aid interaction to make humanitarian response more effective, empower communities, and build resilience.

Each Member is represented in the Network through a focal point and alternate. If you are unsure who your organisation's representatives are you can email us.

Our common values: Collaboration, Empowerment, Partnership and Innovation

As independent organisations, each of our members has its own unique brand and organisational values. As a Network, a number of common CDAC values guide our behaviour and bind us together beyond our individual brands. These values define what is important to us and how we work together to achieve our vision and strategic aims.

Our partners

As a Network, we work in close cooperation with partners such as the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC); the Global Mobile Network Association (GSMA); the International Telecommunications Union (ITU); CHS Alliance; the Inter-Agency Standing Committee on Accountability to Affected Populations Task-Team; the Grand Bargain Participation Revolution Workstream group; the Start Network, and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, among others.

CDAC Network is a member of H2H, a vibrant network of humanitarian entrepreneurs, who are engineering new solutions and services that enable the humanitarian sector to perform better.

Become a Member

In becoming a member you are joining a collective that has driven successful collaboration models, contributed significantly to making the case for communication and community engagement in preparedness and response, and strengthened systems and capacity for implementation.

Together, we can:

  • Advocate for information sharing and communication with communities to be a predictable, coordinated and resourced component of humanitarian preparedness, response and recovery.
  • Champion systemic change on information and communication so that they can be reflected in everything from standard operating procedures, coordination and humanitarian architecture to staffing, project design and funding.
  • Be at the forefront of greater use of media development, telecommunications and digital and emerging technology tools to support better action on the ground.
  • Influence the sector to move beyond the collection and analysis of the needs of those in crisis, to also having collective, timely, and accurate information from diverse sources for their benefit, enabling them to make their own decisions based on a better understanding of the situation.
  • Serve as a neutral and safe platform for open and honest dialogue between diverse small, medium and large organisations working towards the same information and communication goals.

For more information on membership read our brief for potential members.

Apply to be a Member

To apply, get in touch to discuss your application and fill out our application form.

Full Members


ActionAid is a global federation committed to finding sustainable solutions to end poverty and injustice. ActionAid’s vision is ‘a world without poverty and injustice in which every person enjoys their right to a life of dignity’. With more than 40 national members and country programmes worldwide, ActionAid recognises that communication with disaster-affected communities is a critical component of humanitarian response that facilitates greater accountability and effectiveness of aid delivery; enhances resilience-building; and promotes understanding between humanitarian organisations and the communities they serve. Information is a right, and must be delivered as part of any response.

ActionAid places communication with disaster affected communities at the core of its emergency preparedness, response and resilience-building work, and is committed to strengthen its work in this area through piloting new tools and practices in collaboration with the CDAC Network.

More information about ActionAid.

Amplifying Voices

Amplifying Voices equips communities with media tools, to get people talking, listening, and taking action. We support communities to play a leading role in recovering quickly from disaster, growing in confidence, capacity, and resilience as they do so. Our community-centred media approach equips services providers, media outlets and community members to collaborate in creating timely, reliable, and actionable media content. We can also support partners with temporary broadcasting equipment and distribution of radios/MP3 speakerboxes, so that more people can engage sooner when disaster occurs.  

Amplifying Voices joined the CDAC Network to work with others so that community-led responses become the norm. Working in partnership with First Response Radio for several years, we experienced first-hand the value of the CDAC Network. We value the opportunity to build relationships with other community engagement champions, to keep abreast of response coordination, emerging practice and response evaluations, and to collaborate for better equipment distribution.


Anthrologica specialises in applied anthropology in global health.  We conduct formative and operational research across health sectors, focusing on the interface between the provision and uptake of health and related services, particularly in resource-scarce settings and emergencies.  Our specific expertise lies in incorporating the needs and perceptions of intended beneficiaries into health and humanitarian policy and programming to ensure that interventions are contextually relevant and that opportunities for improving health are maximised through the active participation of recipients.  We work within the healthcare structures of the countries in which we operate, usually in collaboration with local partners.

Working across the preparedness, response and recovery phases of emergencies, Anthrologica delivers rapid, usable intelligence.  In addition to our work at a strategic level, we also deploy field-based personnel to provide insights that can shape interventions in real time, and provide additional support by accessing global networks of social scientists with both regional and thematic expertise.

In prioritising the voices of affected communities who are at the centre of our work, Anthrologica’s approach is well aligned with the core values of the CDAC Network.  Through collaborating with other members, we hope to increase the use of robust social science evidence and build a more effective, efficient and accountable response community. More information about the work of Anthrologica

BBC Media Action

BBC Media Action is the BBC's international charity. It uses media and communications to reduce poverty, promote human rights, and help people cope with humanitarian emergencies thereby enabling people to build better lives. For over a decade, BBC Media Action has been addressing the information and communication needs of those affected by crisis by working with local and national media professionals, civil society and humanitarian agencies.

Access to BBC World Service platforms in English and 27 language services, with a global reach of 250 million, places BBC Media Action in an ideal position to get lifesaving information to people who need it quickly.

BBC Media Action was a founding member of the CDAC Network.

More information about BBC Media Action.

Community World Service Asia

Community World Service Asia is a humanitarian and development organization, registered in Pakistan, head-quartered in Karachi and implementing initiatives throughout Asia. We aim to address factors that divide people by promoting inclusiveness, shared values, diversity, and interdependence. Marginalized communities are assisted irrespective of race, faith, colour, age, sex, economic status, or political opinion. Respecting the right to choose how to live, we work with marginalized communities to overcome the impacts of inequalities and lead peaceful, dignified and resilient lives. Focus areas include: Disaster Management; Climate Change & Risk Reduction Education; Health; Livelihoods; WASH; and, Humanitarian Quality and Accountability; and Equality, Inclusion & Participation. Community World Service Asia engages in the self-implementation of projects, cooperation through partners, and the provision of capacity building trainings and resources at the national, regional and global levels.

Community World Service Asia recognizes meaningful opportunities in partnering with CDAC Network. As regional focal point for humanitarian quality and accountability standards, communication with disaster-affected communities is at the core of the organization’s disaster management, risk reduction and resilience building work and is dedicated to strengthening its work in this area through collaboration with CDAC and other regional and international networks. Membership with the network will help us share our regional stories and learn from the best practices of other CDAC Network global members.

Development and Humanitarian Learning in Action

Development and Humanitarian Learning in Action (DAHLIA) is a non-profit organisation that was created by a group of independent evaluation and communication professionals with a core mission: to improve the quality and effectiveness of humanitarian response and development efforts through enhanced communication, better evaluation and stronger linkages and coordination between humanitarian and development efforts. Its vision is to be a primary support organisation helping stakeholders involved effectively place affected populations and their needs at the heart of humanitarian response and development efforts, thus leading towards a better world, a world of better action, greater resilience and less suffering.

DAHLIA shares the CDAC Network’s goal in that it seeks to ensure that humanitarian practitioners and organisations are better prepared and able to provide information and communicate with crisis-affected communities and that the humanitarian system enables two-way communication with affected communities in a predictable and coherent manner. As a member of the CDAC Network, DAHLIA intends to further common goals by better interacting with a more diverse group of practitioners and contributing its skills, ideas and enthusiasm to exploring critical questions and concerns of the humanitarian community.

More information about the work of DAHLIA.

Development Media International

DMI (https://www.developmentmedia.net/) was set up in 2005 to bring scientific rigour to mass media campaigning by modelling and testing how many lives can be saved, and acting on this.

The organisation runs radio, television and mobile campaigns to change behaviours and improve lives in developing countries. The team generates evidence of impact using robust evaluations, and to scale up the most effective campaigns to reach many millions of people. Much of DMI’s work focuses on health, including child survival and family planning, but the organisation also works on other issues such as early childhood development.

DW Akademie

DW Akademie is Deutsche Welle's centre for international media development, journalism training and knowledge transfer. Our projects strengthen the human right to freedom of expression and unhindered access to information. DW Akademie empowers people worldwide to make independent decisions based on reliable facts and constructive dialogue.

DW Akademie is a strategic partner of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. We also receive funding from the Federal Foreign Office and the European Union and are active in approximately 50 developing countries and emerging economies.

for more information about DW Akademie, visit: https://www.dw.com/en/dw-akademie/about-us/s-9519

First Response Radio

First Response Radio (FRR) delivers critical information, via radio, to affected communities in the immediate aftermath of disasters.  FRR is a network of radio broadcasters, NGOs and government partners. Its members have been working in disaster areas since the Tsunami of 2004, providing critical information via radio, as aid. Its goal is to set up a radio station for the affected community within 72 hours of a disaster.  Since 2004 FRR has responded to 15 disasters.

FRR joined the CDAC Network to share best practice lessons with other groups and to learn from others. It is passionate about providing rapid response and always seek to partner with as many different CDAC Network Members as possible.

More information about FRR.

Fondation Hirondelle

Fondation Hirondelle is a Swiss non-profit organization which provides information to populations faced with crisis, empowering them in their daily lives and as citizens. Founded in 1995 and based in Lausanne, Fondation Hirondelle is currently active in 8 countries on 3 continents.

In humanitarian crisis contexts, information is itself a necessity for affected populations. Fondation Hirondelle has more than 20 years of media experience in conflict, post-conflict, and humanitarian crisis situations such as the ones in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Mali, Bangladesh, and, in the past, South Sudan, Liberia, and Kosovo. In such contexts, we assess the media environment and the information needs of local populations. Based on these assessments, we can deploy multimedia capabilities from a local level to a global level, through the support or creation of radios, production studios linked to our partner radio or TV networks, dedicated websites, and management of associated social networks.

Joining CDAC will allow us to share experiences, lessons learned and ideas with other Media development and Humanitarian organizations, to improve the quality of our response to affected populations in contexts of humanitarian emergency.

Ground Truth

Ground Truth's goal is to make affected people the unit of account of humanitarian programs – and to develop practical ways to do this that move beyond the rhetoric of accountability and towards practical approaches that can help make this a reality. Ground Truth takes accountability to affected populations to the next level with a new performance management tool that combines traditional social science models of participation with techniques adapted from the customer satisfaction industry. It offers humanitarian agencies a light-touch, practical way to both listen to the people supposed to benefit from aid and, the big innovation, to integrate what they learn into the design and implementation of their programs. In other words, Ground Truth completes the cycle of accountability by bridging the gap between listening to the affected populations and taking action on what they say. The result is improved humanitarian outcomes for the beneficiaries and greater efficiency for the system as a whole.

Ground Truth see significant opportunities in partnering with the CDAC Network and its members by combining the Network's focus on better communications with Ground Truth's goal of improving the performance of humanitarian programs through greater emphasis on including the voice of the affected populations in program design and implementation. These are two pieces of the same puzzle and they hope that membership of CDAC can help bring them together.

More information about Ground Truth.


InsightShare use participatory video to enable people to see and hear one another in new ways. They work with marginalized people who understand their local issues better than anyone and hold the keys to appropriate and innovative solutions. They also work with communities, individuals, organisations, donors and researchers. Participatory Video (PV) is a set of techniques to involve a group or community in shaping and creating their own film. The idea behind this is that making a video is easy and accessible, and is a great way of bringing people together to explore issues, voice concerns or simply to be creative and tell stories. This process can be very empowering, enabling a group or community to take action to solve their own problems and also to communicate their needs and ideas to decision-makers and/or other groups and communities. As such, PV can be a highly effective tool to engage and mobilise marginalised people and to help them implement their own forms of sustainable development based on local needs.

InsightShare would like to support CDAC Network Members to incorporate PV into their work, both as an implementation tool and as a Monitoring and Learning tool, particularly looking at organisational learning and downward accountability.

More information about InsightShare.

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

The ICRC, established in 1863, works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence and to promote the laws that protect victims of war. An independent and neutral organisation, its mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, it employs some 12,000 people in 80 countries; it is financed mainly by voluntary donations from governments and from national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies.

Since its foundation, the ICRC has played a humanitarian role in most of the conflicts that have taken place around the world. It has continuously worked to persuade States to expand the legal protection of war victims to limit suffering. The ICRC, the national societies and their International Federation form the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. In situations of armed conflict the ICRC coordinates the response by its Movement partners.

The ICRC has a permanent international mandate for its work. This derives from the 1949 Geneva Conventions – agreed to by every State in the world – and from the Statutes of the Movement.

However, the ICRC remains a private organisation governed by Swiss law and strictly independent in its governance and operational decisions. The Committee itself consists of up to 25 co-opted members, all Swiss. The ICRC's work respects the Movement’s fundamental principles, notably those of neutrality, impartiality and independence.

More information about the ICRC.

International Media Support (IMS)

International Media Support (IMS) is a non-profit organisation working to support local media in countries affected by armed conflict, human insecurity and political transition. IMS helps to strengthen professional journalism in more than 40 countries worldwide to ensure that media can operate in challenging circumstances.

IMS is a founding member of the CDAC Network and supports global coordination, standardisation of accountable humanitarian communication practices that underline the role of independent local media, and highlights the importance of informed choices and access to communication by end users.

More information on IMS.

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading intergovernmental organisation in the field of migration, and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. With 146 member states, a further 13 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. IOM works to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems, and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

IOM's Humanitarian Communications (HComms) project was set up to support the humanitarian community and the government of Pakistan. HComms successfully designed and implemented disaster information campaigns for flood-affected and conflict-stricken populations across the country. The program provided real-time two-way communications to and from the field, enabling humanitarian actors to better target their activities and providing the government and other agencies with accurate feedback from affected communities. Messages and other information essential for affected communities is disseminated through formal and informal means, while a dedicated Humanitarian Call Centre, dozens of field staff deployed countrywide and a Human Network of volunteers ensure that feedback from the field reaches the concerned quarters as quickly as possible.

More information about IOM.


Internews is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard.

Since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Internews has been present in major humanitarian crises around the world establishing critical links between affected populations, local media, and humanitarian agencies to provide life-saving information and set up effective two-way communication platforms. 

Independent, local media can enable people in the midst of crisis to access the information they need to make informed decisions and take an active role in their own survival and recovery. Collaboration between relief agencies and local media organisations is critical to the success of any humanitarian response as it increases the effectiveness, transparency and accountability of aid efforts.

Internews Humanitarian Communication Programmes is a joint initiative run by Internews (based in the US) and Internews Europe (based in the UK). 

Internews is a founding member of the CDAC Network and a pre-qualified member to UK Aid's Rapid Response Facility (RRF).

More information about Internews (www.internews.org) and Internews Europe (www.internews.eu).

More information about Internews.

Norwegian Refugee Council

NRC is an independent, humanitarian, non-profit, non-governmental organisation which provides assistance, protection and durable solutions to refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide. NRC’s largest emergency roster NORCAP strengthens the capacity of the international community to prevent and respond to humanitarian challenges through the provision of expert personnel to national stakeholders and international organisations.

NORCAP is – in cooperation with the CDAC Network – developing a roster of experts dedicated to communicating with disaster affected communities. The experts will be deployed to strengthen international crisis response around the globe on short notice. With several large crises over the past few years, the number of requests for personnel to enhance humanitarian responses have never been greater. The UN’s Transformative Agenda highlights in particular the need for stronger leadership, better coordination and more accountability. As a CDAC Network Member, NORCAP is better placed to address and strengthen the issue of communication with and accountability towards disaster affected communities.

More information about the Norwegian Refugee Council.

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

UNHCR is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally, or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.

At any given time, UNHCR has the capacity to respond within 72 hours to a new emergency impacting up to 600,000 people, and is the lead agency responsible for coordinating interagency response in refugee emergencies – when people are forced to flee their homes and seek safety in another country. UNHCR supports host governments to provide legal and physical protection for refugees, and works with partners to provide vital assistance such as clean water, sanitation, health care, shelter materials and other relief items, such as blankets, sleeping mats, jerry cans, and other essential household goods.

UNHCR promotes a rights- and community-based approach, whereby persons of concern not only have the right to participate in making decisions that affect their lives, but they also have a right to information and transparency from UNHCR and partner staff. UNHCR joined the CDAC Network in order to explore the latest approaches and technologies for communication with persons of concern, to exchange on good practices, and to strengthen related partnerships.

More information about UNHCR.


PECOJON-The Peace and Conflict Journalism Network is an international network of journalists, broadcasters and other media/communications professionals committed to mainstreaming high quality and conflict-sensitive reporting of disasters and wars. The organisation commits to a kind of journalism that empowers people to participate in their social processes most especially in situations of crises and emergencies. The Network responds to emergencies for better information flow between the affected population, government and humanitarian actors. PECOJON does this by responding to the emergency needs of the local media and working together with them in providing for the information and communications needs of the impacted communities. PECOJON also strengthens the local media's capacities through applied conflict analysis in journalism in the reportage of social issues and also provides a special focus on the role of media in conflict transformation and in disaster preparedness.

Crisis is quick to happen and lack of coordination (or collaboration) only causes more damage to people and their lives. It is interested to be part of the CDAC Network to be able to share experience and gain from the experience of other Members, thus empowering and enriching both networks.

More information about PECOJON.

Plan International

Plan International works in 51 developing countries worldwide. Our vision is of a world in which all children realise their full potential in societies that respect people's rights and dignity. Plan International has used text/ SMS, social media, digital mapping and radio programming for awareness raising, foster public engagement, facilitate community feedback and complaints, share early warning and communicate disaster risks. Some specific examples are Haiti Earthquake, Pakistan Floods, East Africa Food Crisis, Typhoon Haiyan and the Ebola Outbreak.

Plan International strongly believes that listening to people impacted by disasters, amplifying their voices (especially children and young people) and information sharing are key to shape appropriate humanitarian response, recovery and resilience building work. As a child rights and humanitarian organisation, we want to organically embed two way communication in our work before, during and after disasters through our own direct action and collective action involving our partner organisations. Together in partnership with other members Plan wants to mutually build capacity through traditional and innovative methods.

More information about Plan International.

Save the Children

Save the Children works in more than 120 countries to save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfil their potential. Founded in 1919, Save the Children wrote the world’s first Declaration on Children’s Rights, which is now international law. The organisation has campaigned for children all over the world, from introducing free school milk and dinners in the UK in the 1930s and 1940s, to helping get free healthcare for 1.5 million mothers and children in Sierra Leone in 2010.

There are now more than 5,500 staff working for children around the world with Save the Children and in 2010 alone, it helped 7.8 million children. Save the Children help children beat deadly illnesses like pneumonia and diarrhoea and make sure they get the food they need to survive and grow up healthy. When disasters strike, Save the Children is there saving lives.

Save the Children was a founding member of the CDAC Network.

More information about Save the Children.

Smile Again Africa Development Organization (SAADO)

SAADO is a national non-profit humanitarian and development organization in South Sudan dedicated to supporting youth and wider communities to reach their full potential. In all areas of operation, the organization uses participatory community engagement approaches to deliver its programming for greater effectiveness and impact. Working across all states across the country, SAADO provides humanitarian assistance to families affected by disaster and conflict while partnering with communities for long-term solutions to alleviate poverty.

As a national NGO, SAADO looks to anchor communicating with disaster affected communities as an effective mechanism for strengthening accountability to affected populations in South Sudan and encourage humanitarian actors, including local NGOs, to incorporate communicating with communities into programs and improve feedback mechanisms for effective and relevant humanitarian response. 

For more information about SAADO

The World Association for Christian Communication

The World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) promotes communication as a basic human right, essential to people’s dignity and community. Rooted in Christian faith, WACC works with all denied the right to communicate because of status, identity, or gender. WACC has corporate and personal members in 120 countries, organised in eight Regional Associations: Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America and Pacific.

WACC is a member of ACT Alliance, a coalition of 140 churches and faith-based organisations working together in over 100 countries in the areas of humanitarian aid, development and advocacy.

With our members and partners at local, national, and regional levels, WACC addresses communication needs, strengthen capacities, advocate for full access to information and communication and open and diverse media, and tackle ongoing challenges such as gender-sensitive reporting, peace-building, and participatory communication for disaster response, development and advocacy.

WACC is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with a registered office in London, UK. www.waccglobal.org

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of the world’s leading provider of news and information, is dedicated to empowering people with trusted information and free legal assistance. The Foundation seeks to leverage the skills, values and expertise across Thomson Reuters to promote the rule of law, save lives in disasters and improve standards of journalism.

The Foundation’s programmes include free legal assistance; journalism and media training; coverage of the world’s under-reported stories; and the Trust Women Conference.

Every year, the Foundation’s media development arm trains thousands of journalists in developing countries worldwide. The Foundation also runs the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University.

Thomson Reuters Foundation was a founding member of the CDAC Network.

More information about the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Translators without Borders

Translators without Borders, a non-profit organisation, envisions a world where knowledge knows no barrier. The mission of Translators without Borders is to provide people with access to vital knowledge in their language by connecting nonprofit organisations with our community of translators, building local language capacity and raising awareness about language barriers.

Translators without Borders translates millions of words each year, focusing on different types of humanitarian translations: crisis translations needed urgently to inform people in crisis, translations that support an NGO’s operations, and translations that directly support people in need. The organisation is building language capacity in East Africa through its Translators without Borders Kenya translator training center in Nairobi, Kenya, where trainees focus on healthcare content in Kiswahili and acquire the skills for a career in translation. Additionally, the organisation runs three other programs: TWB Workspace, where professional translators volunteer time to translate directly for NGOs; TWB Words of Relief, which is the first crisis relief network focused on translation during a crisis; and TWB Simple Words, which is intended to provide simplified English medical terms to support translations into any language in the world. Additionally, within TWB Workspace, the organization runs its 100x100 Wikipedia Medical Project, translating the most important, vetted medical articles from English Wikipedia into 100 languages.

Translators without Borders is a member of the CDAC Network because language is an essential component of communication with communities during a crisis. Our role within the network is to facilitate communications between the aid worker or first responder and the affected population when they do not share a common language and to advocate for language awareness during a crisis.

More information about Translators without Borders.


United Methodist Communications develops and delivers training, consulting, funding and infrastructure to empower the church in building communications capacity globally, nationally and locally, and strengthening the communities it serves. It leads communication efforts in disaster-affected communities, particularly where local churches are involved and where church members become part of the preparedness and recovery efforts.

UMCOM joined the CDAC Network as it is committed to continued communications efforts in both preparedness and relief, aligning with The CDAC Network’s goal “to ensure that communities affected by, and prone to, crisis are better able to withstand and recover from humanitarian emergencies.” The human network of the church is global, with caring relationships that aid in times of crisis and that seek to amplify voices of those who are often the least heard, so people are empowered to make decisions that repair and restore the communities in which they live.

More information about UMCOM.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs, and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. It is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and strives to establish children's rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behaviour towards children. 

UNICEF responds in emergencies to protect the rights of children. In coordination with United Nations partners and humanitarian agencies, UNICEF makes its unique facilities for rapid response available to its partners to relieve the suffering of children and those who provide their care. As defined in the UNICEF Core Commitments for Children (CCC) in Emergencies, UNICEF’s commitments to humanitarian action in each of the technical sector areas (Nutrition, Health, WASH, HIV/AIDS, Education and Child Protection) including the preparedness, response and early recovery action is required to fulfill these commitments. Communication for Development (C4D) is integrated across the programme sector commitments.

Communication for Development (C4D) cuts across these thematic areas by promoting systematic, planned, and evidence-based initiatives designed to promote positive and measurable behavioral and social change. The approach builds on the notion that communities, despite experiencing acute stress, are able and willing to take actions to reduce risk and work to overcome the challenges of emergencies.  The partnership with CDAC Network is critical to UNICEF to strengthen C4D interventions in humanitarian contexts, helping us to communicate with communities and protect the rights of every child facing difficult circumstances.

More information about UNICEF.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)

OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort. OCHA's mission is to:

  • Mobilise and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies
  • Advocate for the rights of people in need
  • Promote preparedness and prevention
  • Facilitate sustainable solutions

The scale and scope of global challenges requires working together in new ways, with new partners. Sustained relations, built on trust and mutual respect, are vital when preparing for and responding to humanitarian emergencies. OCHA wants to ensure that its services and support to partners evolve and meet clients’ needs.

OCHA is focused on helping partners more predictably through humanitarian coordination leadership, strengthening coordination mechanisms, and improving the evidence base for humanitarian decision-making, planning and resource allocation. As a founding member, OCHA works closely with the CDAC Network and other partners to put effective two-way communication with affected people at the center of its efforts.

More information about OCHA.

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, works with partners to ensure that the specific needs of women are factored into the planning of all humanitarian assistance. UNFPA also addresses urgent reproductive health needs that are sometimes forgotten.

As part of initiatives to scale-up and mainstream its humanitarian activities, UNFPA is focusing on integrating into its work strategies to ensure accountability to affected populations. UNFPA hopes to support the CDAC Network in helping to bridge existing information gaps within the international humanitarian system in order to ensure that the needs of disaster affected communities are better met.

More information on the work of UNFPA.

World Food Programme (WFP)

The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. In 2013, WFP provided food assistance to 97.2 million people in 80 countries with major operations in the Sahel region of West Africa and the Horn of Africa, as well as in Syria and neighbouring countries.

WFP’s primary objectives are to save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies; to support or restore food security and nutrition after emergencies; to help communities to meet their own nutritional needs; and to break the inter-generational cycle of hunger. As an organisation that reaches so many people in a variety of remote and often insecure locations every year, WFP is interested in exploring how it can strengthen channels of communication with those it is trying to help so that it can continue to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the food assistance it delivers.

More information about WFP.

World Health Organisation

WHO works closely with national governments and partners in developing strong health systems to rapidly share information in public health emergencies. To stop an outbreak, countries must already have in place strong systems for engaging communities,  building understanding and sharing information quickly in ways people trust.  WHO is looking forward to being part of the CDAC network and working together to support a stronger international approach to community engagement in public health emergencies.

More information

World Vision International

World Vision International (WVI) is a global partnership comprising nearly 100 entities in a federated structure bound together by a shared vision, mission and values. WVI has over 40,000 staff, 97% of whom are local, ensuring a breadth and depth of local knowledge and experience. This strength is complemented by a global structure, with standards and services that bring greater effectiveness and efficiency.

With its existing presence in over 100 countries and the ability to establish large-scale response operations within 72 hours of rapid onset disasters, WVI seeks to work for the wellbeing of poor and vulnerable people, especially children, through sustainable development, disaster management, raising public awareness and advocating for justice.

WVI has embraced accountability as a key way to improve our work with disaster-affected communities. WVI recognises that the essence of accountability is to respect the needs, concerns and capacities of those with whom it works and to answer for its actions and decisions. WVI's intent is to contribute to changes that result in the improved wellbeing of children and communities. It works alongside the most vulnerable communities to identify critical needs and seeks to ensure their right to receive assistance and protection on the basis of their informed consent.

WVI recognises the importance of community involvement and participation in all activities and plans that affect the lives of communities. It reaffirms its commitment to receive and respect their opinions and ensure timeliness and appropriateness of its interventions.

More information about World Vision International.

Affiliate Members

FdL Development

FdL development was founded in September 2012. It is an international development company specialising in monitoring and evaluation, communications and programme management in fragile, crisis- and conflict-affected states. It is committed to offering tailored services that are evidence based and results orientated, providing increased effectiveness, measurable sustainability and demonstrable value for money. FdL’s approach to evaluation is distinct in its use of expert teams and operations research; our focus on measures of sustainability; and our commitment to local and institutional partnership. These help to ensure better project coordination, valuable skills transfer and long-term impact.

The CDAC Network offers FdL development the chance to enter into productive working relationships with other organisations that also believe in the central motto of the CDAC Network – communication is aid. FdL, like the other CDAC Network Members, believes that the greater aid and development world is still failing to maximise the value of efficient and sustained two-way communications between and within crisis-affected communities and the organisations that set out to help them regrow.

More information about FdL development.

FilmAid Kenya

FilmAid Kenya harnesses the power of film and other media to bring life-saving information, psychological relief, and much-needed hope to refugees and vulnerable communities in need. FilmAid Kenya has demonstrable experience in rapidly producing and distributing relevant, accurate, and timely information in humanitarian crises by working with affected communities, using local languages, and taking cultural norms and practices into account.

FilmAid Kenya has been a part of Kenya's Refugee Operation since 2002, working in partnership with UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, and other agencies to deliver life-saving information to refugees, asylum seekers, and host communities in Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps, and the Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement. FilmAid Kenya prioritises five key objectives:

  1. Skills and Social Development,
    Participatory Media Production and Dissemination,
    Communication and Community Engagement,
    Enhanced policy advocacy and influencing
    Generation of evidence through

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Freeplay Energy

Freeplay Energy produces products which generate energy and light, enable communications, and promote the development of local economies by utilising innovative solar and dynamo technology. They are currently in use around the world in a diverse range of aid, community development, disaster relief, and emergency preparedness programmes.

Access to energy is central to sustainable development and poverty reduction efforts, improving social, economic, and environmental factors and boosting livelihoods. Freeplay Energy’s range of radio, lighting, and energy-generating products are designed specifically to assist individuals, communities, governments and NGOs in addressing these issues and improving the lives of people whose regular electricity supplies are non-existent or unreliable, and where batteries can be prohibitively expensive.

As a business committed to helping off-grid communities to communicate freely and effectively, Freeplay Energy is proud to be a member of the CDAC Network.

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Lifeline Energy

Lifeline Energy is a non-profit social enterprise that designs, manufactures and distributes a comprehensive range of solar and wind-up radios and MP3 players.  Their products are robustly engineered for use in harsh conditions where electricity is non-existent or unreliable, providing sustainable listening access to large groups in classrooms, community centers or cooperatives. Their smaller radio-lights, with an optional siren, provide listening and light for families or populations on the move.

Since 1999 Lifeline Energy (established as Freeplay Foundation and re-branded in 2010), has worked with NGOs, UN agencies, governments, broadcasters and local communities in many major humanitarian disasters throughout the world.  With their vast and varied in-field experience, we understand the importance of speed, efficiency and reliability in a complex emergency response. They also provide full spectrum of support from logistics support through to on-the-ground training. 

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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