Community Engagement and Accountability

Community Engagement and Accountability includes risk communication, behavior change, according to IFRC guidelines.

Empowering Communities, Influencing National Change: The Mexican Red Cross’ Approach to Flood Resilience

Leading the way in strengthening community resilience, the Mexican Red Cross is at the forefront of impactful disaster preparedness and risk reduction initiatives across the country. In collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), in 2023 the Mexican Red Cross celebrated 10 years of implementation of the Flood Resilience […]

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DARAJA: The Inclusive City-Community Forecasting and Early Warning Service

The Developing Risk Awareness through Joint Action (DARAJA) project is a collaborative initiative aimed at enhancing weather and climate information services (WCIS) for urban communities, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations residing in informal settlements. ‘Daraja’, meaning ‘bridge’ in Swahili, brings together the residents of informal settlements, national meteorological forecasters, city authorities and other

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From Oyster Castles to Virtual Reality: Hong Kong Red Cross’ Innovative Approach to Building Resilience

At the forefront of building resilient communities, the Hong Kong Red Cross (Branch of Red Cross Society of China) is leading exciting disaster preparedness and risk reduction initiatives from local to international levels. Notably, its nature-based solutions work has garnered widespread recognition for its impact and fostering diverse grassroots collaboration. In this DRM Practitioner Spotlight

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Digitalizing Paper-Based Community mapping in the EVCA

Community mapping in paper-based formats is low-cost, technology-independent, that is easily facilitated, and adopted at the community level. However, the output can be less sustainable compared to digital map products. The digitalization of the community data comes with the loss of information and is time-intensive because the geolocation and therefore the exact location and extent

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Use of AI in health emergencies: Insights from a simulated telephone survey

In public health emergencies, timely and accurate information is crucial for effective response strategies. My experiment looks at how artificial intelligence (AI) can improve our ability to collect and analyse data through telephone surveys, an important component of social listening. Phone Surveys and Social Listening: A Foundation for Effective Communication Telephone surveys are an important

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Advancing disaster risk communications

This publication posits that effective communication of disaster threats to decision makers and at-risk communities is a growing challenge in a people-centred approach to disaster risk reduction. Traditional communication approaches tend to involve either top-down risk management practices or bottom-up community health and education practices. However, the strategic intent of communications – whether that be

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The Missing Voices Approach Manual

The Missing Voices Approach developed by Practical Action seeks to proactively listen to the experiences of marginalized individuals to inform policies and practice that affect their lives. The approach is centred on building trust and actively listening to marginalized voices in a way that prioritizes anonymity, privacy, and confidentiality. This Missing Voices Approach manual provides

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Never stop learning: ten years of the Flood Resilience Alliance in Mexico

At the heart of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance’s work is the knowledge that there are always opportunities to adapt and improve. In the second of our series marking ten years of the Alliance’s resilience action, the Mexican Red Cross team reflects on the benefits this approach has had in Mexico. The Mexican Red Cross

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A Concept for Creating Mobile Games for Enhanced Disaster Preparedness in Cooperation with Local Communities

This paper shows how educational games for enhanced disaster preparedness can be created in cooperation / collaboration with local communities. The specific case presented discusses how students from the local university (here: La Plata National University in La Plata, Argentina) created such games as part of a university programming course. The games were subsequently used

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