Our 4th Annual Summer School Big Data for Peace & Justice took place in The Hague, 28 August – 1 September 2017. It brought together practitioners and students to hear from leaders and experts working on data-driven innovations in the peace, justice and humanitarian sector.
How the Summer School unfolded
During the first day participants took a deep dive into the challenges faced by organisations in leveraging innovation to support their work.
On the second day, they identified how data could inform decision making within peace, justice and humanitarian context. After an overview of tools for information management, they reflected on how alternative data sources could be leveraged for informing policy.
On Wednesday they explored how alternative data sources are operationalised by different organisations working in the peace, justice and humanitarian sectors. Thereafter, they delved the darker side of data innovation within these contexts by reflecting on related risks and ethical challenges.
The fourth day was all about action. After being introduced to some of the basics in design thinking, teams engaged in a rapid prototyping session in order to develop new ideas quickly.
On the final day they discuss how to evaluate innovations from both an organisational, as well as donor perspective.
Throughout the week participants applied what they had learnt to apply and/or adopt innovation in support of the work of their organisations.They worked on prototypes that they pitched on Friday.
The humanitarian sector is currently being disrupted, through emerging technologies and the need to do more to help vulnerable popularization across the globe. Therefore, it is our responsibility to understand how innovation might help us better fulfill our mandates becoming more efficient and effective to help those in need.
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