Event – February 3rd, 2018
On the 2nd of February, DCHI and 510, the data team of the Netherlands Red Cross, shared their insights on the “Power of Partnerships” with Dutch civil servants of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs during The Hague Digital Diplomacy Camp.
Fast-paced advances in technology are creating diffuse and volatile conditions in which international actors operate. At the Ministry in The Hague, the participants discussed how disruptive innovations such as machine learning and big data analytics are changing governments, NGOs, the media, businesses, and in some cases entire industries. New and unexpected players entering the field are putting pressure on the traditional division of roles between government, business, journalism and civil society. And this is just the beginning: technologies like artificial intelligence and blockchain are only just starting to have an impact. This poses a challenge not just for governments but for every actor in the international public space.
To explore these issues, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands organised The Hague Digital Diplomacy Camp: Influence in a diffuse digital world. The Ministry realises that: “we find ourselves at a turning point that calls for new alliances between actors capable not only of responding to these challenges, but capable of anticipating and embracing them.” During the presentation, Roza Freriks of DCHI and Orla Canavan of the 510 data team, explained how their respective initiatives create exactly such alliances to support humanitarian innovation, working closely together as well to increase relevant data-solutions such as developed for community risk assessment.
“The first principle of DCHI,” Roza Freriks explained, “is combined leadership. All DCHI projects go beyond the silo of one organisation, or one context, but rather link to the other collaborative efforts within the ecosystem.” In doing so, The Netherlands are uniquely placed to create alliances that cross over divides between the public and the private sector. “In a way,” Roza continued, “the Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation, is an example of the ‘poldermodel’ in action, that humanitarian innovation initiatives globally look at with keen interest.”
The Community Risk Assessment and Prioritization toolbox supports humanitarian decision makers in using credible and accurate data to identify and prioritize the most at-risk communities during the preparedness phase as well as the most disaster hit areas and affected people in the response phase.