The Communication and Complex Emergencies Project is a collaboration between the University of Adelaide’s Applied Communication Collaborative Research Unit (ACCRU) and the Australian Civil–Military Centre (ACMC). The main objectives of the project are to highlight the role of communication — including new and social media — in complex emergencies and in support of humanitarian assistance.
This guide examines the broad topic of communication and its role in a range of different humanitarian and complex emergency situations. Such situations demand communication initiatives that support and promote humanitarian relief efforts, conflict reduction processes, and post-conflict transition and recovery. Without question, communication is playing an increasingly important role within complex emergencies.
New information and communication technologies and burgeoning social media use are combining with the extensive reach and use of traditional media to provide crucial lifeline information resources for vulnerable people. This guide covers a range of important communication of relevance to a wide range of emergency situations. Wherever possible, it points readers to more detailed, high-quality, practical guidance and additional resource material.