National platform

The national platform on communication and community engagement in Bangladesh, known locally as Shongjog (meaning ‘linkage’), is a collaborative national-level working group comprising government, international and national NGOs and other groups.

Through its members, the platform seeks to improve effective delivery of humanitarian assistance to disaster-affected communities in Bangladesh, through predictable, coordinated and resourced two-way communication. The platform also aims to promote trust between communities and the disaster response sector by recognising voices of the community and reflecting them in strategies, policies and decision-making processes.

Members of the platform conduct a range of activities to build capacity in communications and community engagement, including resource development, foundation training, simulations and the exchange of best practice.

See the full Terms of Reference for the platform.

The Bangladesh National Platform first came into being with the establishment in 2013 of a Working Group for Communication with Communities in Emergencies (CwCiE), chaired by the Bangladesh government’s Department of Disaster Management (DDM) and convened by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and BBC Media Action. It evolved into the Shongjog (‘linking’), a wider national, multi-stakeholder platform which was re-launched in 2014 with support from the CDAC Network Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme, funded by UK Aid.

Tools & Guidance

Here’s a selection of tools and resources that have been created by or in partnership with the national platform. This section is continuously expanding – check back soon for more!