A Case Study about CDAC Haiti and Coordination of Communication
Communications with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Haiti began on January 14th 2010 after CDAC global network members, who were almost all deploying to Haiti, decided to attempt to replicate the CDAC coordination mechanism at field level. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) asked Internews, the organisation from the CDAC network with the largest field presence,to take the lead in Haiti. OCHA also supported applications of CDAC Haiti partners to the Emergency Response Relief Fund (ERRF), including funding for a dedicated CDAC Haiti coordination team through Internews.
Originally envisaged as a threeMmonth experiment in response to the January 12th earthquake, CDAC Haiti found itself playing a key role in planning for the hurricane season. It also responded to a serious storm on September 24th , to Hurricane Tomas in November and to the outbreak of cholera, an emergency that propelled it into a role as de facto beneficiary communication cross cluster.
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