Data Protection in Humanitarian Action

Fully booked

The protection of personal data contributes essentially to the safety and dignity of people affected by conflict or catastrophes. Humanitarian agencies working in those contexts have to ensure a safe collection, usage and transfer of sensitive data during their activities. This training will focus on humanitarian operations/program data. Data managed by NGOs for their fundraising, HR, finance activities will not be discussed.

In this training, you will develop a good understanding of key concepts of data protection, the General Data Protection Regulation and data protection principles applied to operations in the humanitarian sector. You will be able to evaluate your own organizations in terms of responsible data. The trainers will share tools and methods that can be used to improve data security. After the seminar individual coaching sessions are offered.

The training is planned as an online training and includes regular breaks. It consists of six online sessions and a follow-up session a few weeks after the main sessions (22 March).

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You will learn

How General Data Protection Regulation principles, and data protection more widely, are applied to the humanitarian sector

What the key concepts of data protection are

How the current performance of own organizations in terms of responsible data can be evaluated

How data can be protected along all the steps of the data cycle

What tools and methods can be used to improve data security

Target group

Project and program managers of humanitarian NGOs with relevant work experience


9:00 - 12:00

Session 1: Introduction and Basics

Why has data protection become a topic?
NGOs and the responsible data approach: myths and opportunities

General Data Protection Regulation as an opportunity
Responsible data, do no harm, sensitive information

What responsible data?



The training will be conducted by Maryline Chabanis and Brice Pruvost of the French NGO CartONG. CartONG is an organization specialized in information management supporting aid organization strategies and field operations.

07.2.2022 - 18.2.2022

20 hours of training

Online Event

ProviderThis Training is part of a joint programme by IFHV and VENRO and is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.
This training is organized by the umbrella organization of development and humanitarian aid NGOs in Germany.