In this blog, you will find 5 best practices that aid organizations can use to ensure that the use of digital tools is ethical and respects the affected communities.
The United Nation's Digital Cooperation Framwork recognized the potential of digital technologies to promote development and address global challenges. The Framework focuses on using digital technologies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of humanitarian response efforts.
The UN's approach to digitally transform the humanitarian aid sector to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of response efforts, also considers the ethical and privacy concerns of those affected by crises.
Center for Humanitarian Data by OCHA
The centre is focused on using digital tools and technology to collect, process, analyze, and share data related to humanitarian crises. To build capacity among humanitarian organizations, and to promote the use of data and technology to inform decision-making and improve the effectiveness of response efforts.
The Global Humanitarian Overview 2023 by OCHA predicts that in 2023 a new record for the number of people requiring humanitarian aid will be reached, with 339 million people in 69 countries requiring assistance, 65 million people more compared to 2022.
1 in every 23 people now needs humanitarian assistance
And the number is increasing day by day
The increasing gap between the needs of those requiring humanitarian aid and the resources available to meet those needs makes it crucial to find innovative ways to ensure that humanitarian efforts are as efficient and effective as possible.
Efficiency is key in humanitarian work. Every moment counts in making a difference for the affected ones.
In a previous blog post, we discussed the challenges and opportunities that the use of technology can present in emergency response.
So, is efficiency compatible with ethics when using technologies in humanitarian aid contexts?
Ensuring ethics can often lead to more efficient and effective outcomes in the long run.
Digital tools that offer solutions, efficiency, and effectiveness can be valuable assets for aid organizations as they strive to achieve their missions. In order to achieve a positive and effective balance with digital tools, it is important to carefully consider the ethical implications of using them in humanitarian contexts.
Overall, it is possible for efficiency and ethics to coexist when using technologies in humanitarian aid contexts, and it is essential to carefully consider both considerations.
We want to leave you with some useful tool that emergency response teams can examine, in order to maximize the positive and efficient use of digital tools. Sit with your team and answer these questions.
By carefully considering both efficiency and ethics, it is possible to strike a balance and use digital technologies in a way that benefits all stakeholders in humanitarian aid contexts.
Aid organizations have the ability to decide how they want to utilize and implement the available tools, and we are pleased to provide a flexible and accessible means to support their efforts.
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