This project applies new technologies, particularly mapping and SMS opportunities, to make better use of crowd-sourced information to understand the local information ecosystem and needs, improve two-way communication channels, and link local and international institutions to the local media, all while mitigating the risk of data fragmentation by creating a new channel through which existing systems may ‘speak to’ and enhance each other.
This new media and communications system will increase the efficiency, transparency and accountability of humanitarian relief efforts and increase community resilience by leveraging the relationship that local media have with their communities while being strengthened in this task by technological solutions.
CAR presents the humanitarian community with a range of complex and protracted emergencies where access to and the sharing of information with affected communities is essential. On a day-to-day basis, refugees and IDPs need to understand the support and assistance available to them, and to be able to hold the actors responsible for their safety and well being to account. With the passage of time, refugees also need channels by which to understand the emerging situations in their home countries. Meanwhile in an area as volatile as south-eastern CAR, the humanitarian sector can struggle to access accurate information on the current scale and patterns of LRA attacks; this in turn can hamper their response and access to preventative information for the community.
Tech works, humanitarians need to communicate two-ways, journalists need more support, and donors must be more innovative.View
In some cases, lack of communication stems neither from a lack of will nor a desire to pass a message by saying nothing. Instead, it can simply be the result of a lack of means.View
Since our initial baseline report on perceptions of the media environment and relations between communities, journalists, and humanitarians, Internews’ monitoring and evaluation work in Central African Republic (CAR) has been focusing on rapid population surveysView
“They [humanitarians] are only interested in their own publicity, but fear critical coverage”View
Crisis Map CAR enables bidirectional information sharing between local communities and humanitarian actors through SMS, crisis mapping and more important and accessible to the, community radio stations, the only source and information for many people around the country.View
Radio Zereda (Zereda means “Peace” in the local language Zandé), is one of Internews’ community radio partners. It actively contributes to our brand new Humanitarian Crisis Map by sending on a daily basis relevant and verified humanitarian and human rights information.View
After many long discussions, strenuous consensus building and lots and lots of work, the CAR Humanitarian Map is finally live.View
Internew's Humanitarian & Media Liaison Officer, Raimondo Chiari, talks about the partnerships the project is forming.View
For the last 3-4 weeks the entire Internews tech team involved in the project in CAR has been discussing and refining the design of the information system behind the project.View
In times of crises, conflict and emergency, access to reliable, accurate and well-targeted information can save lives. Communication is aid, and failing to act on this principle and provide resources accordingly means that humanitarian actors neglect people’s right to access information, ask questions, and participate in their own relief and recovery.View
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