Internews’ Strengthening Conflict-affected Community Communication for Internally Displaced Persons (SCCC) project supported internally displaced people (IDPs) and communities affected by the conflict in Eastern Ukraine by strengthening communication between these groups and UN/ humanitarian aid agencies, civil society, national and local authorities, and the media.

SCCC activities started in June 2015, when a reported 1.3 million Ukrainians had left their homes due to the war in Eastern Ukraine. By joining forces with civil society representatives, local media NGOs, and media partners, SCCC incorporated a variety of events, trainings, and content production grants to enhance communication and manage the information flow after the outbreak of pro-Russian separatist military action, and provide humanitarian support to IDPs and conflict-affected communities. More than 40 humanitarian partners benefited from Internews trainings, consultations, and media reports. As the conflict has continued, SCCC has constantly adapted to respond to shifting information needs. The project’s best results have come in response to the changing needs of the displaced population and the communities that host them. The 2-year SCCC project was funded by the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.


IMPACT

  • SCCC partner Independent Association of Broadcasters created the first Ukrainian IDP talk show, Polilog, broadcast on the national TV Channel 5. The talk show brought together IDPs, CSO activists, and officials to discuss and problem-solve the most important IDP-related issues. Approximately 5-6 million Ukrainians watched each of the three seasons of the show. One episode revealed the horrible living conditions of displaced people with disabilities in Kuyalnyk sanatorium (Odessa region). After the broadcast, all of the IDPs with disabilities who lived there were relocated to better housing.
  • Internews established the Communicating with Communities network for humanitarian organizations, an information-sharing initiative that trains and consults with NGO/INGO representatives and individuals on how to form two-way communication systems with the affected populations. Each month this initiatives produces 97 media reports on the most important humanitarian issues in the national and regional media.
  • Internews partners provided small grants supporting the creation of up to 50 media reports regarding IDP and conflict-affected communities’ issues on each Wave of Small Grants Program reaching an estimated audience of up to 5 million people.