Two critical questions for humanitarian NGOs thinking about a data strategy. And no, you can not be both. There may be a third way, but ‘both’ is not it.
From the Blog on data ethics
Most international NGOs treat the data about those who donate to them differently to the data of those they seek to serve. Is this racist?
Data doesn’t lie assumes completely objectively and wholeness. Data is a perspective. And therefore is not a lie, but it is not objective. It is subjective.
Most conversations about digital transformation don’t start with why – they start the wants of the person, not their needs. This is the same with change.
NGOs often have privileged access to vulnerable populations. Here are 7 ethical considerations for humanitarian data.
The missing pillar of portability: We can’t talk about putting the ‘beneficiaries’ at the ‘centre of all we do’ without talking about data portability.
Lists were my Mom’s helpers. Ethics Review Boards can be that too if we embrace them and view them as something contributing to making our project better.
Often the next right thing is not clear and we need help in seeing where to step next. It could be forward, sideways, backwards, or even waiting.
There are many ways to describe something – sometimes we can simply describe questions that it raises. Here are questions for a digital ethics committee