The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has continuously strived to respond to the needs of communities and build their resilience to disasters at a local level. ‘Community engagement’ is an approach that puts people at the centre. It promotes two-way communication to provide timely and relevant information to communities, while allowing them to participate in decision-making processes. Ultimately, it helps strengthen community participation in resilience-building initiatives by enhancing their skills, knowledge and connectedness.
Recognizing the importance of community engagement in disaster response and recovery, the Viet Nam Red Cross Society and the IFRC have systematically integrated community engagement across emergency operations in recent years. During and since the Typhoon Wutip/ Nari Operation in 2013-2014, in which cash transfer programming was implemented, community engagement mechanisms and tools have been improved, taking into account lessons learnt from previous operations.
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