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March 12, 2019 10:00am
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March 12, 2019 11:00am
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Responsible Data: From Legislation to Organizational Behavior

A responsible approach to data is a baseline requirement for every organization, especially in the development and humanitarian sector.

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A responsible approach to data is a baseline requirement for every organization, especially in the development and humanitarian sector. The increasing role digital data plays on program impact and decision making and the sensitivities around this make it not only the right thing to do for the people served, but also a requirement from partners and donors.

Policies, as the GDPR legal framework, on the ethics of data management alone are not enough; organizations need to practice responsible data management and adapt their organizational behavior accordingly.

This webinar, part of an ongoing series around ICT4D, will share practical advice on implementing a responsible data policy and culture. Experts from various backgrounds will share their field experience and discuss how to reflect the rights of people within the data.

Questions to be discussed include, but not limited to:

  • What practical steps must each organization take to become fit-for-purpose in today’s digital age.
  • How to create a data privacy culture in your organization.
  • Why is staff training so critical for the success of your data protection program?
  • How to incentivize good individual and organizational ways of handling data.
  • How to strengthen staff capacity and provide guidance that does not feel overwhelmingly complex.
  • What investment in digital capacity, competencies, and capabilities is required?
  • How to ensure digital partnerships are in line with the guidelines and processes for responsible data management.
  • Why is there need for independent and critical check-and-balance mechanisms?
  • What does the digital data-driven future hold?


Linda Raftree

Independent Consultant

Ali El Benni

Senior Manager, Data Protection and Information Security
Catholic Relief Services

Sacha Robehmed

Research Manager
The Engine Room

Laura Walker McDonald

Senior Director of Insights and Impact
Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL)

Rebecca Saxton-Fox

ICT Policy Advisor, U.S. Global Development Lab

Amy O'Donnell

ICT in Program Lead
Oxfam GB


Sonja Ruetzel

ICD4D Partnerships and Conference Manager
Catholic Relief Services

The 11th ICT4D Conference…

...will take place from April 30 to May 2, 2019 in Kampala, Uganda at the Speke Resort Munyonyo, with 300 conference sessions to choose from; followed by the practical ICT4D Training Day on May 3. Founded by Catholic Relief Services in 2010, The Global Digital Development Conference brings together 800+ representatives from public, private and civil society organizations to exchange insights on applying technology to development, humanitarian, and conservation challenges. This years’ new conference track, led by NetHope and DAI Global, will focus on Responsible Data and Information Security in the humanitarian aid and development community. To learn more visit

About the Speakers…

Linda Raftree, Independent Consultant. Linda focuses on the ethical uses of technology and digital data in international development, human rights, and social impact spaces. She is currently supporting Humanity United and Girl Effect to develop and implement organizational data policy, practice, tools and guidance. Additionally, she is supporting iMedia to develop digital social and behavior change strategies that place ethics and safeguarding at the center and use digital data to measure impact. Linda has also supported CRS and USAID to develop responsible data principles, policies and guidelines and has advised The Rockefeller Foundation on innovation and ICTs for evaluation. In addition to her consulting work, Linda organizes the MERL Tech conference, which brings together various sectors who are working on data and impact measurement in the humanitarian and development spaces. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Linda worked in various roles at Plan International, including youth engagement, ICT4D, and transparency & governance. She has published on adolescent girls and ICTs for UNICEF, the role of ICTs in child and youth migration for the Oak Foundation, ICT-enabled monitoring and evaluation for The Rockefeller Foundation, and digital safeguarding for Girl Effect. Linda is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM). She runs the New York City Technology Salon, blogs at Wait… What? and tweets at @meowtree.

Ali El Benni, Senior Manager, Data Protection and Information Security, Catholic Relief Services. Ali is responsible for setting the strategic direction of CRS in agency-wide Data protection, Information security and identity and access management. He also manages the teams responsible for operationalizing the strategy for these three domains, ensuring that adequate information security and privacy practices permeate all aspects of CRS’s principles and operations including people, processes, technologies and data. Ali joined CRS in 2004 has wide professional experience in Information Security, Data Protection, ICT Governance, ICT Service Management and ICT4D which he employs to help CRS advance its mission, achieve its global strategy and annual objectives. Ali holds a Master’s in Electronics, and Bachelor’s in Telecommunications and Networks Engineering.

Sacha Robehmed, Research Manager, The Engine Room. Sacha is a British-Lebanese researcher and project manager captivated by ethnography, technology and social change. At the Engine Room, she designs and delivers research to support social change organisations to use data and technology more effectively. Before joining The Engine Room, Sacha managed Middle East projects for digital family tracing platform Refunite, set up response innovation labs in Iraq and Somalia with Oxfam and World Vision, and researched the effects of international development on Jordan’s tech sector. She has also worked with the International Rescue Committee, women human rights defenders, and a digital rights organization in Beirut. Sacha holds an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a BSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics.

Laura Walker McDonald, Senior Director of Insights and Impact, Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL). Laura is a humanitarian and development technology leader and policy analyst. She works to realize technology’s potential to bring about better aid, development and social justice practice, drawing on twelve years' global experience in technology, social change work, and entrepreneurship. She leans on ideas and methodologies from humanitarian aid and development, applied research, software product management and human-centred design, to create spaces people can think, perform, and collaborate in. Her particular areas of expertise are data ethics, monitoring and evaluation of technology, digital context analysis, and inclusive and accessible technology. After several years at the British Red Cross, working on humanitarian policy, accountability, and learning, she joined FrontlineSMS, and eventually became co-CEO. After FrontlineSMS spun out in 2014, she ran its host, SIMLab, as a non-profit think tank and consulting firm. She joined the Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation, is a trustee of the CDAC Network, and a funding committee member for the Humanitarian Innovation Fund.

Rebecca Saxton-Fox, ICT Policy Advisor, U.S. Global Development Lab, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Rebecca works on advancing the use of data and digital technologies in USAID programs, focusing the majority of her work on the agency's Ebola response and recovery efforts in West Africa. Before USAID, Rebecca spent two years in Jordan working for the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) on regional humanitarian and development projects in the Middle East. Rebecca began her career in international development with Orbis International, primarily working as logistics coordinator on their “Flying Eye Hospital”, an airplane converted into an ophthalmic teaching hospital that travels the world training local doctors and providing free medical care. Rebecca holds a MPA in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a BA in Economics from Haverford College.

Amy O'Donnell, Program Lead, Oxfam GB. Amy is an adviser on applications of information communications technologies (ICTs) to support programming at Oxfam GB. Her role involves supporting staff working in humanitarian response, campaigning and long-term development to explore effective design and best practice in the use of ICTs. This involves working with programs to establish the enabling role ICTs can play in improving quality, efficiency and reach. Amy previously worked for Frontline SMS, who build professional SMS (text message) management tools and support organizations to develop effective applications, as well as the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization where she supported minority groups to develop human rights campaigns. Amy holds a Masters in Human Rights from University College London (UCL), specializing in the rights of internally displaced people (IDPs).


Sonja Ruetzel, ICT4D Partnerships and Conference Manager, Catholic Relief Services. Sonja is leading the ICT4D Conference on behalf of Catholic Relief Services and co-facilitating this monthly webinar series. She is part of the Global Knowledge and Information Management team at CRS since late 2016. Her background is producing conferences and training courses. Sonja has over 15 years’ experience researching, developing and executing mid to large scale conferences, exhibitions, focused training courses, informal discussions, webinars, as well as reports and whitepapers from topic generation to successful completion in a wide range of industries, including finance, legal, health, energy, technology, public and non-for-profit sectors. Prior to CRS, she was the Event & Programme Director of the Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF).

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