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