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ODI published a very interesting report in February that presents and analyses examples of blockchain technology (or to be more correct as the report points out, “distributed ledger technologies”) being used in humanitarian operations. Unsurprisingly these examples focus on how the technology makes cash assistance more secure and robust. While such technologies have a huge potential for better data security – and consequently data protection – so far these have not been explored. Early days, but definitely a good paper to help get our head around what these technologies could mean for humanitarian work.
For those interested in exploring how to better use data, the “Design for Humanity Summit 2019” promises to be an interesting event. Taking place on June 21 in New York, it looks at the role of design in humanitarian response. This is the second time this event is organized, and this year it includes a very intriguing focus on “curating memory” from data. Basically, it aims to explore how to turn data and analytical trends, the often dry “nuts and bolts” information we collect and share, into stories of people and their experiences. Focusing on the displaced and people on the move, this is potentially a very powerful process.
Sphere released a new training package last month for the target="_blank"revised Sphere Handbook. This is a great resource for those who need to train staff and partners on the ground on applying the new standards. It is freely downloadable, and can be used for both short training events on specific topics or complete Sphere standard workshops.