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Digitalisation in Humanitarian Aid

Digitalisation in Humanitarian Aid
Information communication technologies and the data they produce are transforming the way humanitarians respond to natural and man-made disasters. © adimas - Fotolia

Access to digital tools and services is growing worldwide, offering new opportunities for more efficient, transparent, and accountable humanitarian aid. Digital technologies are adopted to access more accurate information, strengthen capacity to act quickly, anticipate and better prepare for disasters.

On 1 June, the European Commission will organise a workshop on Digitalisation in Humanitarian Aid. The event will provide the opportunity to brainstorm on concrete and innovative digital actions that have a real impact for people affected by crises.

A number of high-level speakers from the humanitarian world, the private and public sector, and the IT field will address topics such as:

  • How is the digital transformation impacting humanitarian aid?
  • What are some best practices in integrating digital technologies and solutions to increase the speed and effectiveness of humanitarian assistance?
  • Which digital innovations are expected to have the most impact on humanitarian assistance?
  • Is more data better? What are the opportunities and challenges of data gathering, analysis and use by humanitarians in the digital age?




Arrival of participants and welcome coffee



Opening Remarks: Androulla Kaminara, Director, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)



Panel 1: The digital transformation and humanitarian aid
Moderator: Androulla Kaminara, Director, ECHO
Christian Friis Bach (Secretary General, Danish Refugee Council)
Patrice Chazerand (Director of DigitalEurope)
Romain Bircher (Deputy Director Communication and Information Management, ICRC)



Coffee break



Panel 2: Improving humanitarian response and the role of digital technologies
Moderator: Prof. Luc Leruth, Senior Economist, International Monetary Fund and Professor of Economics, University of Exeter
Enrica Porcari (Chief Information Officer / Director of Technologies, WFP)
Chris Earney (Co-Lead Innovation Lab, UNHCR)
Marit Glad (Head of Development Projects and Innovation, Norwegian Refugee Council)



Lunch (light catering will be provided)



Panel 3: Is more data better? Opportunities and Challenges
Moderator: J. Scott Marcus, Senior Fellow, Bruegel Institute
Linda Corugedo Steneberg (Director, DG CNECT)
Sarah Telford (Chief, Centre for Humanitarian Data)
Stuart Campo (Researcher, Signal Program on Human Security and Technology, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative)



Closing remarks: Androulla Kaminara, Director, ECHO

Date: Friday, 1 June 2018
Time: 9:30 – 15:30
Venue: Grande Salle CCP, Rue Joseph II 79, Brussels

Last updated 24/05/2018