The training on Humanitarian Information & Disaster Reduction, held at Manhattan Hotel in Pretoria on the 14th and 15th November 2013, focused on preparing community radio practitioners to report disaster risk reduction issues at the community level . Three participants from each of the five community radios participants in the SIDA funded project in South Africa (Bush FM, Valley FM, Radio Riverside, Radio Atlantis and Jozi FM) received an introduction from South African key actors in disaster risk reduction and practical tools when reporting and preventing future disasters.
The objectives of the training were to:
- Enhance general knowledge about disaster risk reduction;
- Linkages with primary stakeholders how to be included in information dispatch lists and obtain primary contact details from UNCTs;
- Prioritising information dispatch that is relevant for the community;
- Reporting disaster risk reduction and DRR management (distinguish between dispatching; information received from others vs. reporting on good practice or inaction);
- Enhance joint action in communication for development.
The trainer Mmamotse Maloka used a participatory methodology and encouraged the sharing of best practices from all radios stations via group excersises and debates. Uses of social media, FOSS and ICTs to report on Humanitarian and Disater Risk Reduction were also acknowleged.
Participants were therefore able to acquire professional skills in reporting on humanitarian information and disaster risk reduction issues and to produce local relevant content that will effectively inform, communicate and engage community.
To meet objectives above the training workshop focused on the following:
- Understanding disaster and DRR
- Approach in reporting disaster issues
- Guidelines pertaining to rapid response in covering disasters (Preparedness, during coverage, post-disaster) incl. Policies and practice.
- Effective programme planning & Communication channels
- Content development for relevant audiences
- Identify stakeholders and maintain relations
- Listeners/Community involvement