Afghanistan and Haiti: tools and resources to bolster communication, community engagement and accountability in the response

Source: Mon, 16 Aug 2021 07:09 PM
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It has been a devastating week. Afghanistan fell to the Taliban on 15 August 2021, and with it an escalation in forced displacement and increase in humanitarian needs. A day earlier, on August 14, an earthquake struck Haiti, the epicentre of which was approximately 125km from the capital Port-au-Prince. The death toll has climbed past 1,300, with close to 6,000 people injured. Tropical Depression Grace, predicted to bring heavy rain, flooding and landslides to the country, is expected to make landfall on the evening of August 16. All of this occurring at a time when COVID-19 continues to surge.

The CDAC Network, its members and partners have spent over a decade developing tools and resources for use by those responding to crises, such as that currently impacting communities in Afghanistan and the wider region, and in Haiti, to ensure communication, community engagement and accountability are embedded in the emergency response plan.

Below you can find a brief but comprehensive selection of resources to assist you in the response. But if you need something specific – from a particular tool to general advice – don’t hesitate to email us at:




  • Haiti Learning Review (CDAC-May 2012) This learning review aims to document the activities of the CDAC Haiti initiative in the immediate aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake, assess achievements, and contribute knowledge about what worked, what didn't and why. Here’s the Executive Summary.
  • Haiti: Beneficiary Communications Review (IFRC-Jan 2013) This report details and assesses the success of their communications activities with affected communities in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.
  • Real-Time Evaluation: Response to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti (Groupe URD/HERE Geneva – Dec 2016) This Real-Time Evaluation was carried out by two independent experts, who visited Haiti in weeks 6 and 7 of the response. The evaluation addressed whether the international response, as guided by the Flash Appeal and supported by international humanitarian agencies, proved to be effective, efficient, relevant, and timely; and, how the planning and delivery of the response reflect the commitments listed in the Grand Bargain.
  • A learning review of Communications and Community Engagement during the Hurricane Maria Response in Dominica (CDAC-Sep 2018) This learning review from the response in Dominica reflects on experiences of communication and community engagement during the response, and shares learning. It highlights examples of good practice, lessons learned and where and why challenges arose.

Should you have resources related to this response you’d like to share with the CDAC Network members partners and with the wider humanitarian sector, please email 

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