15 June 2012
RedR is backing a new e-learning course designed to raise awareness about and build basic skills in effective communication with crisis-affected communities, both before and after disasters hit.
The free, online ‘Communication is Aid’ course has been developed by infoasaid, a joint Internews and BBC Media Action project which aims to improve how aid agencies communicate with people who have had their lives turned upside down by earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, famine or conflict.
Through five interactive modules, including scenario-based challenges, learners are able to make key decisions about how to communicate with affected populations. They include ‘Knowing your Target Audience’, ‘Crafting and Adapting Messages’ and ‘Communication: A Two Way Process’.
Anita Shah, Head of infoasaid said: “One comment we often hear from humanitarian practitioners in the field is: ‘We get the concept, we know we need to communicate better, but how do we do it more effectively?’ The e-learning course is a resource that addresses this need.”
Charlie Dalrymple, RedR’s Director of Learning and Development said: “Effective communication is absolutely critical to effective disaster response – and making good communication decisions in the context of an emergency is not easy. This is a great new tool for people working in humanitarian crises, providing an opportunity to hone and improve communications skills using a truly interactive approach – no mean feat for an online course .”
Image: 'Communication is Aid' screen-shot. © infoasaid
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