Digital Aid: Understanding the Digital Challenges facing Humanitarian Assistance

A GCRF Researcher and Practitioner Workshop

Learn more Apply to attend Add to Calendar 09/09/2019 08:30 AM 09/09/2019 06:00 PM Europe/London Digital Aid: Understanding the Digital Challenges facing Humanitarian Assistance Location of the event
Monday 09 Sep 2019
Time: 08:30 - 18:00

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Conflict and displacement are two of the most intractable global challenges that affect many of the world’s poorest countries. They  present an array of complex humanitarian challenges, including food and water insecurity, lack of access to quality education and poor health. These challenges can in turn undermine the resilience of individuals, households, communities and nations.

Running in parallel to these challenges, data driven digital technologies and Artificial Intelligence are playing an increasing role in the way humanitarian assistance can be organised. For example, trust and privacy in a digital world has already changed the nature of humanitarian action and how charities and NGOs monitor, react and distribute aid  to the world’s poorest.

About the event

Jointly hosted by The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), this event will bring academics together to examine the research questions arising from the intersection of global digital developments and the provision of effective humanitarian assistance in low- and middle-income countries affected by conflict and displacement. This is to better understand the needs and the issues at the frontiers of development aid. The overall objective is for the ideas generated from this workshop to result in a commissioned report with emergent priorities and recommendations for the humanitarian sector.

This workshop will explore the following research questions in three breakout sessions:

  1. The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Humanitarian Assistance
    • Nowcasting and forecasting to aid humanitarian response
    • Facial Recognition for restoring family links
  1. The Data Vault
    • Privacy, cyber security and data protection
  1. The Digital Conditions of Aid
    • Humanitarian principles, biometrics, digital ID, inclusion, data governance and ethics in the digital world

Apply to attend

If you would like to express interest in attending the event, please contact Geoff Hill at UKRI.

Please note, registration is being managed by UKRI and not The Alan Turing Institute.



Allaine Cerwonka

Director of International and Associate Director, AI for Science & Government Programme (ASG)