Clear, Focused Communications

Rain Barrel has a dynamic team of consultants - writers, media advisors and trainers, strategy planners, social campaign experts, speech writers, editors, video makers and photographers. We are ready to work with you to enhance your brand, your partnerships, your communications and your campaigns, anywhere in the world. Using a human rights approach, we help you think through your mission, build campaigns from the ground up, provide strategic guidance and advice on media outreach, and find the right partners to help you connect all those elusive dots.

Writing, Editing and Reporting

Rain Barrel offers deeply experienced writers, editors, proofreaders and rapporteurs for a range of print and digital products.

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Pro-social Campaigns

Rain Barrel promotes good causes. We work with clients to make their pro-social campaigns stand out and inspire transformation -- both individual and social change.

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Social and Behavior Change Communication

Rain Barrel has extensive experience with the development of social change initiatives.

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Meeting Design and Facilitation

Rain Barrel works with a range of organizations to plan and facilitate their meetings, workshops, seminars and retreats.

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Capacity Development and Training

Rain Barrel designs capacity-building workshops tailored to community-level, high-level or expert groups.

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Robert David Cohen and Paul Hoeffel are former senior UN communications officials as well as prize-winning journalists and social activists. They have worked in dozens of countries to facilitate dialogue, create partnerships, foster trust and find common ground among diverse stakeholders for a broad array of advocacy causes. They listen. They facilitate. They play well with others. They’re at home in politically charged, multicultural environments. They foster public policy debate. And they especially enjoy working with those who look for genius and laughter in the workplace and other unexpected places.

When Rain Barrel Communications was set up in 2008, it was a two-person consultancy: Paul and Robert. Sometimes we’re asked to consider projects that we don’t have the time or the expertise to take on. For this reason, we expanded Rain Barrel — first, in 2012, and again in 2015 — to include a number of colleagues who have complementary skills and who are available to work with us or to take the lead on specialized assignments. They are all well known to us both and possess exceptional professional credentials. 


Rain Barrel helped us to mobilize a national conversation about how to counter declining immunization rates in Moldova. The company designed a holistic behavior and social change communications strategy that will be implemented over the next four years. The RBC team made an excellent effort to ensure country ownership of the initiative and build the strategy in close cooperation with a wide range of national stakeholders.
Nune Mangasaryan, Representative, UNICEF Country Office, Moldova

Rain Barrel’s support was essential in preparing our global strategy to end violence against children and its child-friendly version. How wonderful to work with seasoned writers and creative strategists who bring heart and soul – and good humor – to everything they do!
Susan Bissell, Director, Global Partnership to End Violence against Children

Rain Barrel’s professional involvement over the years has helped us create a robust pro-social program that is both credible and substantive…and is having an impact on the lives of many children and their families in the region. We couldn’t have done it without Rain Barrel.
Barry Koch, Vice President, Cartoon Network Latin America


We would like to sincerely thank the Rain Barrel Team for all the efforts to develop the most ambitious C4D strategy, which will be a roadmap to guide not only the UNICEF Nepal Country Office but the Nepali government in the coming years.
Hanaa Singer, Representative, UNICEF Nepal, on the Everyday Heroes C4D Strategy

ECPAT International — a network of 95 member organizations in 86 countries working to eliminate the sexual exploitation of children — is pleased to recommend Rain Barrel Communications. We have worked with RBC on two occasions, with excellent results in both cases: first, in the development of a global campaign and advocacy strategy to engage with faith-based organizations and second, to provide video coverage of a forum we co-sponsored with the Council of Europe with survivors of childhood sexual exploitation.

In the first case, we are already seeing the fruits of outreach to religious organizations and leaders, thanks to RBC's strategic guidance. In the second, the sensitive and professional videos produced by Rain Barrel's team are being shared strategically for maximum impact while protecting the privacy of the survivors.  The videographer and editor provided by RBC were top-notch in every way.

In addition to the business relationship, we also know several RBC managers from many years of collaboration ... I can attest to their professional excellent and ethical commitment.
Dorothy Rozga, Executive Director, ECPAT International, Thailand           

Homepage photo credit: Carmen Cronin, Nepal, 2014