AF3 -IEC planning

Activity factsheets


IEC Planning

What is it?

It is the first step of an AVP project, based on initial diagnosis and then completed with the baseline key findings and all new relevant information; it is about adjusting and planning your project. It is establishing a strategy on how to inform, educate and communicate (to whom, when, where) to prevent and reduce arms-related risks, thus keeping at-risk groups safer with a sustainable impact.


Project team, key stakeholders:
affected communities,
community representatives,
international and national NGOs,
authorities (enhancing participative approaches and accountability).

What FOR?

AVP projects are mainly relying on IEC activities, materials and tools development to reach their goals. Having a properly built IEC strategic planning will allow activities such as Risk Education and Public Information to have the best possible impact.

Lesson learned

Often, projects’ teams have rushed through IEC planning to start these activities, and failed to reach their goal: material not appropriate or not approved by the competent authority; trainings not adapted; failure to reach the most at-risk population.


Using participatory approaches, by involving relevant and key stakeholders such as final beneficiaries, community members, decision makers (authorities, community’s representatives, schools, health centres, etc.) through workshop sessions, to start brainstorming on IEC strategic planning and define the appropriate tools, materials and futures activities to be created or implemented.


Based on initial diagnosis and baseline survey key findings, design programme’s IEC planning with a participatory approach

Required documents

  • A tailored IEC strategic planning


Internal: Technical Advisors assess participatory approach process and relevancy of IEC strategic planning

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning references


Remote Activity

Involve partners and affected communities in workshops to design appropriate and tailored IEC materials, field tests must be implemented systematically – using appropriate media: Skype, WhatsApp, etc.


The communication must not reinforce stereotypes or prejudice (on women, disability, etc.), but rather demonstrate inclusion, empowerment and diversity.


VA: IEC materials must be disability inclusive; liaise with Inclusive Education or PSS teams for a “do no harm” approach.
EOD: Liaise with EOD team to get accurate pictures and information regarding Mines, ERW, IEDs and SALW existing threats.
Advocacy and communication: Share production with advocacy when relevant.

Photo credits

  1. Audrey Torrecilla, 2013