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Emerging Technologies in Peacebuilding and Prevention – Lessons Learned from Humanitarian Actors – Practitioners Virtual Workshop

1 December, 2021 @ 8:00 am 2 December, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

Welcome to the 2021 Emerging Technologies in Peacebuilding and Prevention – Lessons Learned from Humanitarian Actors – Practitioners Virtual Workshop

Register now to secure your place and join colleagues and practitioners across the globe as they share their work and lessons learned from emerging technologies in humanitarian and peacebuilding fields. 

This virtual workshop will provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss the current and future applications of emerging technologies in peacebuilding and learn from humanitarian actors and their experiences. The workshop will create a space for sharing both successes and failures, while envisioning together how to increase the use and impact of data and data-driven approaches in peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

About the Emerging Technologies in Peacebuilding and Prevention Virtual Workshop

As conflict and violence become increasingly complex, peacebuilding and prevention practitioners are searching for novel approaches to tackle the growing challenge. Emerging technologies and data science methods have been recognized as potential tools to tackle some of these challenges across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus. 

Humanitarian and peacebuilding work are carried out in similar contexts—in fragile countries, and with vulnerable populations. Similar settings bring similar challenges and responsibilities, which makes sharing lessons even more vital to this work. Humanitarian actors are often ahead in innovating and more advanced in their evaluation methodologies of using emerging technologies, avoiding the trap of techno-solutionism. Advanced analytics, machine learning, drones, 3D printing, blockchain, and virtual reality are just some of the methods that have already been transforming humanitarian assistance around the world. 

Through efforts to work across the humanitarian-development-peace (HDP) triple nexus, many actors have already recognized linkages between their efforts and emphasized the need to work together to meet peoples’ needs more effectively, mitigate risks and vulnerabilities, and sustain peace. Exchanging those lessons in the field of emerging technologies is a natural part and the next step of these efforts. 


The overall objective is to strengthen connections and facilitate exchange on lessons learned on applying emerging technologies by humanitarians in fragile and conflict-affected contexts, to help peacebuilding and prevention practitioners apply similar methods or avoid known pitfalls in their work. 


This international workshop is the fourth in a series, building on previous convenings in New York (2019), the Hague (2020), and the virtual Early Warning/Early Action workshop in May 2021. 

The workshop will provide a combination of live and pre-recorded content: expert discussions, book discussions, pre-recorded lightning talks, podcasts, social hour gatherings, workshops, and more. 

The conference is organized by the NYU Center on International Cooperation, in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and with support from the United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Centre for Humanitarian Data.

The Hague Humanity Hub

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