Community Engagement and Accountability

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

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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Putting communities in the driver seat: Good practices from the Philippines

In the spirit of the localization agenda, the flood resilience project of the Philippine Red Cross accompanies, enables, and connects communities to become more resilient to floods and other hazards. We facilitated a participatory whole-of-community process to design evidence-based and risk-informed community resilience building interventions. In this process, community members could voice their needs and

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Translating Warnings into Action – How we can Improve Early Warning Systems to Protect Communities

Early warnings for hazards are essential for living safely and minimizing economic losses.  For many hazards, it is possible to give advance notice and accurate information to help communities prepare and respond.  However, issuance of the warning itself is not enough for a warning system to be effective, as the effectiveness of warnings is determined

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What’s the name of our brigade? Shaping the identity of community brigades

Community Brigades are organized groups of people dedicated to building resilience and strengthening local capacities in the face of flooding, as well as other emergencies and disasters. Establishing the identity of a brigade is key to formalizing the community group and increasing the sense of ownership and belonging of its members. This infographic shares the

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