In humanitarian crises, people affected by unfolding events need more than physical necessities: they urgently need information. Internews has played a pioneering role in the field of humanitarian communications, working closely with local media and aid agencies to ensure that people affected by crises have access to timely, reliable information in languages they understand, and have the opportunity to feed back to humanitarian agencies to inform response efforts.
Working to improve communication flows and trust between humanitarian organizations, local media and the people affected by humanitarian crises.
Local Media and Community Engagement in Humanitarian Settings
Internews’ approach to humanitarian assistance consists of a set of activities and methodologies that are closely linked to each other, and that can be combined in different ways to help Internews engage with communities. These strategies are heavily localized and implemented through a variety of tools and systems, but always responding to one imperative: communities themselves are the heart of every project and their engagement is key to achieving an accountable and effective humanitarian response and recovery.