Digital technologies have revolutionized the ways in which humanitarian organizations conduct needs assessments, as well as monitoring and evaluation programmes. New data is being collected for humanitarian purposes, including online information, data exhaust, geospatial data, and crowdsourced data. The Internet Governance Forum’s theme is “Shaping Your Digital Future”. The IFRC has a goal to be more localized in our activities. Data Readiness for local communities, for example, is only possible if we also address the digital divide and consider how the internet is changing data flows for humanitarian response.

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We will join the Internet Governance Forum next week to co-host a discussion on Data in the Humanitarian Field. Our guests will look at the ways in which the humanitarian community can best use this data while avoiding breaches in privacy and data protection. Data literacy efforts are more than ever needed to improve our response and support more evidence based decision-making. The session includes:

Our session is on Tuesday December 19, 2017 10:10 – 11:10 am CET. Location: Room XXIII – E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). (schedule link) We hope you will join!

With the growth of localized humanitarian action, crowdsourced data and participatory mapping, there is need to conduct such analysis with the involvement and active participation of local communities. While these efforts have the combined benefit of providing more accurate depictions of needs, there are several key questions that need to be addressed, including: How to make crowdsourced data collection sustainable over longer periods of time? How to manage expectations of communities that might be anticipating immediate response? How can we better engage local communities with data readiness?

This open forum will discuss the opportunities and challenges in new forms of data collection facilitated by the digital revolution, with experts from the IFRC, as well as input from other organisations, governments, civil society, and the business sector.

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Learn about the Humanitarian Data Exchange

Leading up to the discussion, we invite you to listen to our recent webinar about Data in Humanitarian Action featuring CJ Hendrix (HDX), Javier Teran (HDX), Guido Pizzini (IFRC). Here is the 30-minute webinar to share more about how we share data for humanitarian response:

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