In humanitarian crises, people affected by the unfolding events need more than physical necessities: they urgently need information. Since the 2004 tsunami in South East Asia, 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 disaster have access to timely, reliable information in languages they understand. Internews Humanitarian Information Services (HIS) establish two-way communication channels between local media, aid providers and local people. These feedback loops provide valuable data that reflects the information environment during crisis and response, identifies rumors and misinformation, and provides humanitarians with real time information about gaps and shortcomings in the response.
Internews helped fund initial start-up costs of Kabar Sulteng Bangkit, a grassroots attempt to fill important post-disaster information needs after the Central Sulawesi tsunami
In her speech she hailed the “heroic work” of small charities, pledging to make it easier for them to respond to global disaster. She unveiled £3.
Minority Rohingya refugees have fled violence and persecution in Myanmar, only to live in an uneasy peace with the Bangladeshi host community. Rumors fly constantly in both communities.
Rapid Assessment on Information Ecosytem and Access to Justice for SGBV Survivors, Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, Uganda
More than 2,000 people lost their lives in the tsunami that struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island in late September.
by Timo Luege