HNPW Session: Operational Guidance on Data Responsibility
As humanitarians collect more data to inform their activities, it is increasingly within their moral, ethical and legal obligations to ensure they put the necessary data management safeguards in place. Data Responsibility has therefore become a critical issue for the humanitarian sector to address. In February 2021, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), the longest-standing and highest-level humanitarian coordination forum, published its first Operational Guidance on Data Responsibility for Humanitarian Action. This was the outcome of a year-long process by the IASC sub-group on Data Responsibility, which was composed of over 20 organizations and co-led by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Centre for Humanitarian Data, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Representatives from the Danish Refugee Council, OCHA, UNHCR and IOM will present the Operational Guidance and share examples of how it is already being adopted in different response contexts. The goal of the session is to raise awareness of the Operational Guidance and offer concrete recommendations for its use by a wide range of actors to advance data responsibility.