What We Do Communities of Practice

We currently have two communities of practice which are open both to Members and others alike. Each meets approximately quarterly via a conferencing facility, with ad hoc calls as required. 


Field Response

This community of practice was initiated in August 2012 in response to Network Members’ requests for a group through which to explore the opportunities and address the challenges to a predictable, legitimate, clearly mandated and sufficiently resourced coordination function for communication and community engagement. The main vision was to move from a series of ad hoc, response-driven field level initiatives, to a systematic and pre-agreed approach to supporting this area of response before, during and after crises.  

Chaired by OCHA, its remit is to bring together Network member organisations which are active at field level to:

  • develop the models and supporting mechanisms required to deliver on the vision outlined above, and
  • to support the Network in articulating and advocating for them.

It is not in itself an operational body.

If you would like to join this community of practice please contact: Angela Rouse.  


Chaired by UNHCR, the goal of this community of practice is to provide a forum that brings together expertise around common challenges in communication and community engagement. It draws on current experience and capitalises on creative interventions to identify and showcase technological and non-technological innovations. 

If you would like to join this community of practice please contact: Hannah Murphy.

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