Coronavirus CivActs Campaign
Our myth-debunking and fact-checking campaign to keep communities safe
Situations like the coronavirus pandemic quickly lead to misinformation, rumors and fake news. We can all play a role in beating the virus by making sure that we are sharing validated information and using trusted sources to inform our decision-making.
The Lab has moved quickly to lean on our experience in feedback models to launch the Coronavirus CivActs Campaign. CivActs – or Civic Action Teams – is the new name for our Citizen Helpdesk model. We’ve relaunched as CivActs to situate our work more strongly in civic action and local communities.
We are coordinating our extensive networks across civil society, government and communities through our 300+ Community Frontline Associates (CFAs), as part of the CivActs. These are trained, trusted volunteers from communities who are working with us across Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Nigeria, Mali and Niger to helping us identify and fact-check damaging rumors about health and social issues.
We are hearing stories on a daily basis from the communities in which we work of how power-holders are using fake news to manipulate response efforts; that rumors are leading to behaviors that are undermining community cohesion; and that citizens have no idea what role they can play in the pandemic response. We’ve adapted our processes during the Covid19 pandemic to keep our teams safe. This includes holding virtual meetings with our CFAs who are also working telehonically to gather feedback and then work with our teams to debunk rumors and fact-check information.
The Coronavirus CivActs Campaign (CCC) gathers rumours, concerns and questions from communities across the country to eliminate information gaps between the government, media, NGOs and citizens.
By providing the public with facts, the CCC ensures a better understanding of needs regarding the coronavirus and debunks rumours before they can do more harm.
The bulletin is currently available in Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Mali, Niger and Nigeria. Download the issues below.