4.13 Communications with Disaster-affected Communities

Local communities, governments and civil society groups have a right to information about the response and CARE’s activities, and to provide feedback to our work. Information can also save lives and empower communities to be part of the response. If time permits, find out who the Communications with Disaster-affected Communities (CDAC) coordinator is in the country (if there is one); this will be organized through OCHA and Internews. CDAC will coordinate information from the INGO community to the local population. This is an opportunity for CARE to broadcast important information about the response, such as health messages, safe handwashing, etc. Benchmark 6 of CARE’s Humanitarian Accountability Framework commits CARE to be transparent and share information publicly, especially with beneficiaries. This is mainly the responsibility of the CO; while the ECO can support and provide guidance, the ECO’s main priority is working with the media as outlined in the roles and responsibilities of section 1.1.