DigitHarium Events 17 February 2021 14:00 - 14:45

Digital Dilemmas Dialogue #2.1: A Humanitarian look at Assistance Programming and Social Protection Systems


Speakers & panellists

Jo Burton

Jo Burton

Cash Transfers & Markets Specialist (ICRC)

Caroline Holt

Caroline Holt

Global Cash Lead (IFRC)

About the event

How is digitalization impacting humanitarian assistance? What collaborations and partnerships does this require? And how do these programmes (and the data they generate) interact with existing social protection mechanisms?

To kick off the second month of the DigitHarium, we have invited an expert speaker on the issue of humanitarian assistance, cash transfer programming and social protection mechanisms. Together, we will discuss how humanitarian organizations can ensure that their work remains neutral, impartial, and independent and to ensure that the data it collects, or that is generated, is used for exclusively humanitarian purposes.

The discussion will be the first event of the February thematic path – Cash and voucher assistance and social protection systems.

The series

The Digital Dilemmas Dialogues are a series of one-on-one discussions about the humanitarian digital transformation, its implications and the work ahead. This 30-odd minutes chat brings together prominent experts and stakeholders from various sectors to explore the humanitarian consequences of a new type or trend in digital technologies each month, and offer reflections on what is coming next.

The Digital Dilemmas Dialogues are an initiative of the DigitHarium.



Additional resources

The mosaic effect: the revelation risks of combining humanitarian and social protection data, by Jill Capotosto (11 min. read)

Humanitarian engagement in social protection: implications for principled humanitarian action, by Cristina Quijano Carrasco (9 min. read)

Chapter 9 of the Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action - Second Edition (ICRC)

Chapter 6 of The humanitarian metadata problem: 'Doing no harm' in the digital era (ICRC and Privacy International)

[VIDEO EXPLAINER] Data Protection and Cash Transfer Programming (01:27)


Questions? Comments? Ideas?
Write to us at: digitharium@icrc.org

Date & Time

17 February 2021 14:00 - 14:45

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