A global forum to discuss and debate digital transformation within the humanitarian sector, with a focus on humanitarian protection, policy, ethics and action.

The DigitHarium, part of the HDTI, provides a space where humanitarian, diplomatic, academic and technology practitioners can meet to collaborate in order to find local and global solutions to today’s digital dilemmas.

Humanitarian digital transformation is about putting people first, with technology forming part of the solution to specific humanitarian issues. The needs and aspirations of people who need humanitarian assistance should guide humanitarian action. Similarly, the impact of humanitarian digital solutions and cyber activities on people in need should be monitored and addressed.

The humanitarian data ecosystem is interconnected and no one organization can tackle these challenges single-handedly. The DigitHarium brings together practitioners from different fields, with a range of experience, to build a community of practice that analyses these challenges and develops practicable solutions.

Every month, the DigitHarium will discuss a new theme, examining the implications for humanitarian action and exploring solutions. The monthly theme will be discussed through three main channels:

  1. a monthly Digital Dilemmas Dialogue: a 30-minute discussion between two experts;
  2. a monthly Digital Dilemmas Debate: a 60-minute roundtable with a panel of experts, practitioners and other stakeholder groups;
  3. regular blog articles and podcasts offering a range of perspectives.


Looking ahead to the incoming discussions

August theme: Clarifying the fate of the missing in the digital age

September theme: Biometrics and humanitarian response

October theme: Cyber-operations against humanitarian operations

... and more moving forward!

Previous discussions

January theme: Data Protection, Health Emergencies and Humanitarian responses

February theme: Cash and Voucher Assistance and Social Protection Systems

March theme: Misinformation, Disinformation, and Hate Speech

April theme: Drones, "eyes in the sky", and humanitarian operations

June theme: Connectivity as aid, Connectivity for aid, and Connectivity denial

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Write to us at: digitharium@icrc.org