Community Engagement

OCHA’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific is active in coordinating and advocating for an integrated approach to effective community engagement in disaster preparedness and response. In order to successfully engage with communities, OCHA uses a people-centered approach that recognizes the difference in the needs and capacities. This requires identifying different perceptions, appropriate communication channels, voices and coping capacities of affected communities.

Communication with affected communities will depend on these capacities and preferences for engagement. It is a form of assistance as important as water, food and shelter. Without access to information, disaster survivors cannot access the help they need, make informed decisions or be effective leaders in their own recovery. This requires OCHA’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific to integrate work streams that focus on a range of cross-sectoral needs, operating modalities and partnerships.

Accountability to affected populations (AAP)

Communicating with communities (CwC)

Gender and diversity

Protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA)

Cash transfer programming (CTP)

“Effective humanitarian response addresses the needs and concerns of all groups in an affected population. This means understanding how conflicts and disasters affect women, men, boys and girls differently and basing programming on their differential needs and capacities” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, 2007.