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Webinars & Presentations 

What do People Affected by Crisis Think of How we Handle Their Data?

November 2, 2023. In September, CCD conducted a groundbreaking research project in collaboration with Ground Truth Solutions, to survey the perceptions, experiences and understanding of disaster-affected communities regarding their data rights. Specifically, the research focused on the data management practices of humanitarian organisations involved in cash and voucher assistance in Ukraine.

Emerging Models of Data Stewardship for People Affected by Crisis

2023. All of our organisations face challenges around Data Portability – the need for aid recipients to transfer their data between organisations in order to access the help they need. Research with Collaborative Cash Delivery (CCD) members has identified several specific challenges, such as setting up referral systems and deduplication of persons and assistance. As our sector goes through rapid change driven by the growth of Cash and Voucher Assistance, it is vital that we handle data responsibly – not just as individual organisations, but collectively. This webinar introduces the concept of Data Stewardship as a new approach to these challenges. The webinar explains data stewardship through a series of real-world examples, emphasising the rights of the people who provide the data. The presentation and the discussion explores how data stewardship might improve the quality of services for aid recipients while giving them more accountability in how their data is used. We are hoping to adapt data stewardship principles, and develop two pilot projects in two country locations to test whether this approach can address our data portability challenges.

New Approaches to Data Portability

January 18, 2023. The problem of data portability has challenged humanitarian organisations for many years. How can aid providers share data about specific cases between organisations responsibly? How can continuity of service be ensured when aid recipients are on the move? And how can aid recipients gain more control over their own data which we hold? The CCD are implementing a project, funded by ECHO, to find answers to these questions (Project details can be found here). Research into data portability commissioned by the CCD Network identified that many organisations are dissatisfied with the status quo, and concluded that the humanitarian sector needs to try new approaches to data portability. (The reports can be found here and here.) This is particularly urgent in light of the rapid digitalisation of aid programming, especially cash and voucher assistance. This is a recording of the webinar in which we share the highlights of these research findings and discuss how principles of data stewardship might form the basis of such a new approach – not just to data portability and protection, but to wider issues of data governance. We invite you to learn more and discuss further with us, and to shape the CCD’s development of data portability pilots. Therefore, if you have any questions or comments about the project or would like to discuss data portability – please feel free to be in contact with Amos Doornbos

Challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities in humanitarian data: emerging data stewardship models for crisis-affected communities

June 7, 2023. Panellists from Collaborative Cash Delivery (CCD) member organisations will share current data practices, ambitions and limitations in cash and voucher assistance programs underway in global humanitarian crises. Further, they will discuss the new models of data governance – and in particular, data stewardship (a model of data governance in which an intermediary facilitates consent/decision-making on behalf of data subjects) they are developing to maximise operational effectiveness and efficiency (eg. avoiding duplication of services), and amplify the impact of humanitarian resources – all while prioritising the dignity, rights and interests of people affected by crisis. We hope participants from around the world, with varying expertise, experience and lived realities, will share feedback on the practical and contextual realities of different data stewardship models, and what they mean for aid-recipient empowerment. We hope that participants will develop greater understanding of the data interests of both humanitarian actors and aid beneficiaries, as well as initiatives underway to address them in such a way as to advance the data rights of aid recipients. We further hope participants will discuss the challenges and controversies of existing models of data stewardship in cash and voucher assistance programs (for example, to centralise, or not to centralise data..), as well as identify solutions and propose alternative models. This session offers a space for members of different communities, and their advocates, to connect and learn about each other's perspectives. It also provides an opportunity to map opportunities for advancing deeper understanding, coordination and collaboration. Feedback, critique and ideas shared by participants will be noted, considered and fed into project development. Participants will have the opportunity to continue engaging with the CCD network in future meetings, projects and working groups. You can also find the presentation overview on the conference website at the link below, however you may need to register for an account to access it there:

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