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Creating the Ecosystem, Standards, & Culture for Data Interoperability in Humanitarian Action

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Our work on interoperability and data governance aims to simplify the process for individuals impacted by humanitarian crises to manage their own data and take charge of its management. 

We strive to adopt a collaborative approach to overcome practical challenges such as:

  • deduplication of persons and assistance,

  • ensuring continuity of services across borders,

  • referrals,

  • integration of social protection. 

These challenges necessitate the exploration of data governance mechanisms and interoperability of systems. The data of people affected by crises should not be a subject of competition but rather a collective asset managed alongside the affected individuals.

CCD has received funding from ECHO, DEC, and member agencies to address these challenges through different projects.

Our Two Focus Areas

Building Digital Literacy

Demand for data portability can be increased by raising awareness about digital rights among project participants, frontline staff, and local organisations.


Key topics include understanding data culture, data subject rights, data quality and governance, the digital divide, and performing a data protection impact assessment.


Building Data Governance 

Digital tools in humanitarian aid delivery generate more data about project participants, who become data stakeholders.


Unfortunately, stakeholders rarely have access to this data, control over it or ownership of it.


We are introducing data governance models which aim to put the people at the centre of data management



What is Data Interoperability?

The ability of two or more computer systems to exchange, understand, and use data from each other without any errors or inconsistencies.  It involves using common standards, file formats, and protocols for data exchange.

What is Data Portability?

Data portability refers to the ability of individuals to move their personal data from one platform or organization to another in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.

What is Data Governance?

The processes and policies for managing and using data. Think of it as how we make the decisions about data sharing that are not solely about technology.

  • If you (or colleagues you know) would like to be involved in our upcoming workshops, consultations, or research activities

  • If you know of brilliant digital literacy resources focusing on frontline project teams, please share them with us

  • If you would like us to present our project progress to your team or working group

Please be in contact with:



Amos Doornbos 

CCD Data Interoperability Working Group Lead

Disaster Management Strategy & Systems Director

World Vision International


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