Oxfam America's community-based Drought Early Warning Surveillance approach

Author(s)
Chan, J.
Language
English
Date published
11 Mar 2014
Type
Presentations
Keywords
Accountability and Participation, Participation, Disaster preparedness, resilience and risk reduction, Disaster preparedness, Early warning, Disasters, Drought, National & regional actors, Regional
Organisations
Oxfam

The presentation includes background information on the design, tools and techniques that were collaboratively implemented by Oxfam America, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and a Local NGO for setting up a community Drought Early Warning Surveillance (DEWS) as a pilot project. The pilot engaged community members and local government in data generation, feedback and information sharing on data gathered and analysed through DEWS.

The presentation also reflected on the impact of DEWS on promoting community level preparedness to respond to the crisis by having a voice at both local government and other humanitarian actors’ level for timely response.