We were excited to take part in an event in late February on ‘Responsible Data for Humanitarian Response’, which aimed to better understand how humanitarian organisations can collect and manage data in a way that respects individuals’ rights to consent, privacy, security and ownership
Informed consent is the idea that when you study people or collect data from them, those people should participate voluntarily – ideally with a good understanding of the research, how the data they provide will be used, and any potential risk to themselves. However, there is no generally agreed set of consent practices for civil society or development projects to follow. So, where to start? These resources suggest ways of thinking about informed consent when your project involves the collection, use and sharing of data.
This paper from BMC Medical Ethics discusses ethical concerns of researchers using photography in countries including Nepal, Malawi, Gambia, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Thailand, Zambia and Peru: Obtaining full informed consent was considered the biggest challenge to “ethical photography”. The meaning of informed consent seemed to vary from a relaxed interpretation to full disclosure of risks and […]
The Transformative Storytelling for Social Change project is an online handbook for organisations that use visual storytelling methods in advocacy, which includes a section on how to record stories ethically.
Professional standards for protection work carried out by human rights and humanitarian actors in armed conflict
The Professional Standards for Protection Work are a set of minimum standards for humanitarian and human rights actors who engage in protection work, below which organizations are advised not to implement protection activities.
This paper summarizes risks associated with different types of mobile projects (p.7) and sets out five principles when designing projects (followed by specific action points that will help you to achieve them):
Mobile phone data has already been used to predict population displacement in crises, and there are a range of other potential applications for humanitarian organisations. However, using this data comes with risks.
This guide provides tips on filming an interview with someone who has experienced sexual or gender-based violence.
This section offers guidelines that ensure at a minimum that the collection of data performed in a humanitarian setting is socially valuable, participants are treated fairly and with dignity, and the participants’ interests are protected.
Patrick Meier and his research team at the Humanitarian UAV Network have compiled a list of fears and concerns expressed by humanitarians and others on the use of UAVs in humanitarian settings.
If you take a photo of someone for a project, have you explained how the image will be used in future? How will you ensure that everyone within your organisation uses that photo in the right way?