Technology and humanitarian accountability: a risk assessment

Technology and humanitarian accountability: a risk assessment
26 February 2020, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Bloomsbury Room, G35, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Seminar Series: Humanitarian Accountability in Displacement Contexts

A series of seminars examining humanitarian accountability in displacement contexts, hosted by the Refugee Law Initiative at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. The series provides a forum for discussion open to academics, practitioners and those with an interest in humanitarian and forced displacement issues.

Technology and humanitarian accountability: a risk assessment


The introduction of sophisticated ICT and digitization processes are presented as ways of improving humanitarian accountability to donors and affected communities. However, while the technology turn improves oversight and understandings of emergencies, new risks also arise. They relate to the protection of digital bodies, personally and demographically identifiable information, the integrity of humanitarian decision making processes as well as more systemic questions about data ownership and where technology partners fit into the humanitarian accountability equation.


Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (Doctor of Juridical Sciences, S.J.D Harvard Law School 2008) is a Research Professor in Humanitarian Studies at PRIO, and a professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. She has published widely on humanitarian accountability with a focus on displacement, gender and the technologization of humanitarian space.

She is the co-editor of a 2019 special issue in Disasters on Humanitarian governance and of a 2016 edited volume entitled “UNHCR and the Struggle for Accountability: Technology, law and results-based management” published by Routledge.  Her current research focus on ethical humanitarian innovation, and trajectories of criminalization and lawfare in the humanitarian space.


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