Data Collection and Refugee Protection

As the numbers of migrants and refugees entering Europe continue to increase, data collection and analysis, particularly through mobile technology, social media, and crowdsourcing, provide humanitarian actors with key insights into critical protection gaps and emerging trends. Yet the growing use of information technology over the last decade has also introduced new concerns regarding the ethics, security, and utility of data for the humanitarian sector. While expansive data collection has created opportunities for more effective aid delivery to displaced populations, humanitarian agencies must also address the growing need for more sophisticated safeguards to protect the personal information of vulnerable civilians. Furthermore, extensive data collection also requires agencies to find effective means of analyzing large volumes of data to inform programming and humanitarian response in real time.

In conversations with key experts and practitioners, this podcast will assess current information management methodologies and practices applicable to humanitarian response, the continued development of professional standards in this area, and the policy implications of leveraging information technology to address large-scale protection challenges. This podcast will also examine how to create trusted pathways for information gathering by both agencies and displaced populations alike, as well as shared practices for incorporating considerations around data into protection programming.

December, 2015