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The Centre for Humanitarian Data is seeking numerous Fellows to be part of their two-month data fellows programme this summer.

The Centre focuses on four areas: data services, data policy, data literacy, and network engagement. The Centre’s data services work includes direct management of the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) platform and the Humanitarian Exchange Language (HXL) data standard. The data literacy work focuses on improving the data skills of technical and non-technical humanitarians. For data policy, the Centre creates guidelines for the responsible use of data by OCHA staff and partners. Finally, the Centre works to further build and engage an active community in support of its mission and objectives through a number of events and communication activities.

There are four different fellowships open to applications:

  • Business Strategy Fellowship
  • Data Science (Education) Fellowship
  • Predictive Analytics Fellowship
  • Statistics (Disability) Fellowship

For more information on each of these fellowships, the programme this summer and information on the requirements and application for each, please see the humdata website

We were delighted to host the International Organisation and NGO Reception alongside the Municipality of The Hague on January 29.

The Hague hosts more than 200 international organisations and NGOs, as well as many impact-driven social enterprises, innovative start-ups and knowledge institutes. It was great to see many of these represented in the Humanity Hub, and allow them the opportunity to share their expertise and insights with one another.

We believe that strengthening connections will increase impact. This year’s reception highlighted the diversity of the Hague community and offered opportunities for new connections.

So who was there? And what are they working on?

During the event participants were asked what Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) they’re currently working on. Among the 200 participants, calling from 130 different organisations such as Amnesty International, UNICEF and Defence for Children, all 17 SDGs were represented. From reducing inequality and poverty, climate action to zero-hunger, organisations based in The Hague are addressing a lot more issues than the themes of peace and justice (SDG16) traditionally associated with the city. Beyond the City of Peace and Justice, the Hague could very well claim the title of City of Impact.

To little surprise, perhaps, most participants had one thing in common when it came to what the biggest barrier was to their respective organisations: funding.

The Humanity Hub is already tackling this issue with its Business Model Transformation track, aiming to enable NGOs and other impact-driven organisations to reinvent their business models and explore new approaches to remain sustainable and impactful. Still, funding wasn’t the only challenge to be raised…

The International Organisation and NGO Reception has helped provide better insight into the current climate that these organisations are innovating within, as well as setting the stage for the environment that they wish to create.

About the workshops

The event also included workshops in order to showcase and inspire all the current innovations progressing in our community and beyond.

Data Security and Cyber Protection for NGOs (Karama, X-Systems, Justice and Peace, and Startpage.com)

Members of NGOs have large amounts of valuable information on their personal devices, ranging from contact details of members of parliament, diplomatic staff, to future policy documents, lobby documents and so on. However, it is widely common for NGOs to not be properly protected against cyber attacks, therefore turning them into the main target of hacks to their systems. The goal of this workshop was to inform the NGOs in The Hague about the possibilities to improve their digital security and to protect their partners abroad.

How can SMEs and NGOs collaborate to realize the SDGs? (Oxfam Novib, Twynstra Gudde, and ImpactCity)

This workshop discussed the questions of ‘How can small medium enterprises (SME’s) contribute to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals?’ ‘How can NGO’s and SME’s work together to make (local) impact?’

Digital Learning Innovations (Centre for Innovation, Leiden University)

The Centre for Innovation explored the current digital trends in knowledge-sharing and how they impact innovative organisations, using this as a springboard to see how these insights can turn this on its head, and help organisations create impact.

Business Model Transformation for NGOs (InnoPlot and Humanity Hub)

Social and commercial business models are colliding. Not for profits are becoming more business-like and commercial enterprise is becoming more socially conscious. But are our current business models fit for the future? Do we need to find new ways of matching funding and capital to social impact? Innoplot and the Humanity Hub challenged all of their participants to reinvent/rebrand/regroup their organisations to meet the current challenges


Photos from the event

Link to complete photo album

It was an honour to host the Annual Dutch Ambassadors Reception on January 27. Over 300 diplomats from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs were able to talk to our members about their innovative solutions to global challenges in peace, justice & humanitarian action.

We set up a marketplace of ideas giving our member organisations a platform to network and showcase their work. It was great to present the diversity of expertise and be able to create an environment that merged these ideas with those on the frontlines of Dutch international diplomacy.  

 

The Data Science Initiative answer the question, just how powerful is technology for good?

The ‘Hackathon for Good’ (17th and 18th of November, at the Hague Tech) was a two-day interactive showcase of the power of IT and technology, particularly exemplifying the impact that technology can have for peace, justice and humanitarian action.

The event was a huge success. There were 27 teams consisting of more than 125 tech wizards, hailing from over 22 different nationalities across the globe; every one of them motivated to challenge themselves, and make a meaningful difference for peace, justice and security. They worked tirelessly over the weekend to try and find innovative data solutions for problems ranging from humanitarian disasters, to fake news. Each of the challenges were set by some of the biggest organisations in data and crisis management, including the Red Cross, NATO’s communication and information agency, NCIA, and the International Criminal Court.

This was the first open event coordinated by the Data Science Initiative, an organisation made up of tech experts from institutions all over The Hague. The DSI aims to innovate the way in which we use big data and artificial intelligence, using the power of technology to promote and uphold peace, justice and security on a global scale.

This event demonstrated how impactful this innovative way of using data is, exceeding even the DSI’s expectations. The winners, Monkey Code were able to use data from satellites and social media to not only identify areas susceptible to land grabbing, but come up with a solution that could be utilised by end users.

 

The Humanity Hub’s member Rutger Hoftse, from the World Resource Institute and part of the team PWC2, won the challenge set by the Red Cross and came third in the competition overall. They were able to innovate solutions to help with disaster relief efforts, using data to map vulnerable areas and improve the efficiency of response teams. For the Red Cross, this solution could help them save more lives in areas affected by natural disasters and conflicts. Rutger’s team efforts landed them a cash prize of €2500. Speaking of the day, Rutger was quick to compliment the Hackathon; “the Hackathon was extremely well organised and my team was wonderful. We had complimentary skill sets!”

Here at the Humanity Hub we have been incredibly impressed with this event and the work DSI are doing. We can’t wait to see what they do in the future and help collaborate more successful projects!

Rutger himself has kindly let us interview him for our new blog post series Humans of The Hub! Check out the post here

 

Events

Join our monthly drinks to connect or reconnect with fellow Humanity Hub members, and other innovators in peace, justice, and humanitarian affairs! Feel free to bring your friends and guests.

Our friends from Pro Bono Connect will hold a short presentation about their work linking non-profits and civil society to lawyers from top law firms to give them free legal advice or assistance in legal proceedings.

This upcoming Hub Social will also be the occasion to cheer our colleague Eleni and wish her well for her future endeavours!

More info to follow!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hub-social-special-with-pro-bono-connect-registration-55970322742