Most communities in eastern Central African Republic (CAR) and northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) don’t have access to basic infrastructures, including communication systems. Because of this, the communities most at risk of armed group violence are unable to share or receive information that would allow them to reduce their vulnerability or to safely respond to threats to their safety. Armed groups like the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) are able to move freely throughout the region, attacking and exploiting communities with impunity.
Our Early Warning Network connects these isolated communities to one another and the outside world through a system of High Frequency (HF) radios and other systems of communication that are locally available.
We work with local community leaders to install new radios or repair existing radios in their communities; we train local operators to use and maintain the radio; and we train operators in methods for safely reporting incidents of violence or armed group activity. Communities within the network participate in twice-daily calls to share information with one another as well as with our Crisis Tracker conflict analysis team.
In addition to facilitating the flow of information, our team also works in collaboration with communities in the network to develop individualized Community Action Plans (CAPs) based on their unique strengths, assets, and vulnerabilities.