Eastern and Southern Africa Region

ESAR Technical Working Group

Background on the Working Group

The Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) Technical Working Group (TWG) was established in March 2020 as one of four TWGs to to enhance regional partner coordination on operational and strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation as well as the support to countries on particular aspects of the preparedness and response to COVID-19.

The Terms of Reference were revised in February 2022 to encompass RCCE partner coordination for public health emergencies (PHE) with regional implications.

The RCCE TWG is co-chaired by UNICEF and IFRC with operational and technical support from the RCCE Collective Service for day to day management and follow up of TWG activities and actions. There are two subworking groups linked to the RCCE TWG-the Community Feedback SWG and the Media Taskforce. Membership and participation is open to all partners operating at regional level involved in RCCE response to address PHE. The RCCE TWG meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month between 11:00am and 12:30pm EAT.

Objectives

Collaboration

Improve RCCE coordination and collaboration between partners responding to public health emergencies, including COVID-19, and the health components of humanitarian crises in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Knowledge Hub

Identify and share common approaches for addressing regional RCCE issues and challenges including contextualizing of shared resources and guidance for country level response actions.

Research & Data Analysis

Support compilation and analysis of behavioral insights, community feedback and social science data to support RCCE and cross pillar decision making

Capacity Building

Identify opportunities for training and capacity building of national RCCE TWGs,  partners or thematic experts and facilitate cross-country experience sharing and learning webinars/sessions guided by best practices.

 

Latest News

COVID-19

MEDIA DIALOGUE | INTERNEWS

NOT OVER – COVID-19 IN EAST & SOUTHERN AFRICA

May. 2022 – Webinar organized by Internews on COVID-19 in East & Southern Africa.

COVID-19

MEDIA DIALOGUE | INTERNEWS

Five Things to Know about Omicron and a Tour of COVID-19 Behavioural Dashboard

Feb. 2022 – Webinar organized by Internews on the rapid spread of Omicron and Social behavioural changes observed since November 2021. 

Latest Reports

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Data 4 Action

March 2022 – RCCE for COVID-19 Vaccine Demand in Eastern and Southern Africa

2

COVID-19 infodemic trends

February 2022 – Regional trend analysis of social data for advocacy and informed decision making

3

Community Feedback Trends

February 2022 – Monthly report based on main feedbacks shared by countries and regional partners

Archives

Latest Meetings

Access to latest meeting presentations or minutes from technical subworking groups

RCCE Technical Working Group

Community Feedback Group

Health Partners Group

 

 

Case studies

Real-time Data for decision-makers

To respond to the infodemic, the Collective Service, UNICEF, AIRA and Partners developed a monthly Joint Report to triangulate data and provide recommendations to partners.

Information Management in Malawi

The Collective Service provided technical support to design with partners an operational presence mapping tools to make COVID-19 programming more efficient in Malawi.

Contact

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Rachel James

Regional Coordinator

The Collective Service

rajames@unicef.org

Charles Kakaire

Technical Team

UNCEF

cnkakaire@unicef.org

Ngonidzashe Mac Nyambwaro

Surge Support

Collective Service

Sophie Everest

Technical Team

IFRC

sophie.everest@ifrc.org

Amadou Ndong

Information Management

The Collective Service

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