On 24 November 2021, the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies is proud to host a symposium on The Role of Data in the Humanitarian Sector organised by the Data and Displacement Research project that brings together academics from the University of Warwick, UK – represented by the Centre’s research fellow Dr Briony Jones – the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and the University of Juba, South Sudan as well as humanitarian practitioners from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) – United Nation’s Migration Agency.
The Data and Displacement Research project examines the production and use of large-scale data for humanitarian targeting in the case of internal displacement in Nigeria and South Sudan. It focuses on the ethical and operational challenges that arise in the collection and use of such data. This UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office funded project began in October 2020. As one of the objectives of the project, this symposium aims to provide an opportunity for practitioners and academics to collaborate and support a deeper understanding of the co-production of knowledge on data in the humanitarian sector.