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Jordan: Communication with Communities (CwC) Factsheet - August 2020

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Over 805,000 SMS sent to more than 100,000 persons of concern, covering different topics.

55 posts made through social media with a combined reach of 636,897 individuals, covering different topics.

372,039 phone calls handled by UNHCR Helpline (IVR), with basic needs (assistance) being the top reason for calling.

10 messages sent through WhatsApp to front line colleagues, CSCs and community groups.

1,594 cases counselled through phone calls.

110 online activities attended by 1,887 participants.

Increase in followers by 5,406 on Facebook and 397 on Twitter.

Background

Communication with Communities (CwC) is a key element of UNHCR’s protection and operational response. The priority of CwC activities is to ensure that refugees receive the right information in a timely manner, in order to preserve their protection, access to services, well-being, and to prevent fraud and protection risks.

UNHCR pays close attention to the occurrence of rumours by monitoring social media platforms, considering fraud and protection risks that they may generate, especially with the increase of resettlement opportunities. To prevent such risks, UNHCR shares information both proactively and reactively through various communication channels.

Using different communication tools is essential considering that the refugee population in Jordan is diverse in origin, backgrounds and locations and the fact that some messages concern either the entire refugee population or specific groups.