Community engagement at the centre of disaster response

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: World

In order for humanitarians to be accountable to the people they serve and ensure that aid is effective, community engagement should be an integral part of the response.

When a disaster strikes, taking the time to provide information and listen to the affected communities may seem like a luxury.

But imagine that a hurricane has swept through your neighbourhood, the roof of your house has been blown away, you can’t locate your family and you don’t know where to get help. An aid truck arrives carrying supplies, but it doesn’t have what you need. In such times of distress and confusion, any information you can access or provide to responders could mean the difference between life and death.

The Core Humanitarian Standard has established that in order for humanitarians to be accountable to the people they serve and ensure that aid is effective, community engagement should never be an option. Instead, it should be an integral part of every response from the onset of an emergency.

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