FEATURE17 November 2015

Emergency broadcast

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Since 1994, when the Rwanda genocide prompted the BBC World Service to set up a Kinyarwanda language service, the broadcaster has responded to 28 emergencies by providing critical information for those affected. And for the past 10 years, these have been organised through the BBC’s international development charity, BBC Media Action.

In 2012, the BBC along with other media helped to establish the Communication for Disaster Affected Communities Network (CDAC), which has improved understanding of what communication support works best in these types of situations.

Theodora Hannides, research manager at BBC Media ...