Our recommendations in June:
GiveDirectly loses $900,000 in the DRC mobile cash fraud
The article and recent events in the DRC highlight the significance of gaining a deeper understanding of the potential impact of cybercrimes, as well as the importance of implementing functional feedback systems.
A Responsible Biometric Deployment Handbook
The Simprints Biometric Handbook stands out as a document with reference to the humanitarian sector that solely focuses on the use of biometrics. It looks at the pros and cons of using biometrics in the humanitarian sector, highlights the risks and responsibilities which come along with using biometrics and stresses the need for accountable data protection.
What is the Cybercrime Atlas?
The global Cybercrime Atlas, an intriguing undertaking by the World Economic Forum, brings to mind a discussion that took place at the IFRC Symposium in Luxembourg in November 2022. It is noteworthy that cybercrimes related to or affecting the humanitarian sector, such as those encountered when collaborating with commercial banks for cash assistance, receive limited attention and visibility. This is indeed an initiative to keep an eye on.
Generative AI may be the next AK-47
A thought-provoking article by Sarah W. Spencer that looks at the use of new, generative AI tools, leaving more questions than answers.
Engaging with the Taliban then and now
Are there lessons to be learned from the past for today's engagement in Afghanistan? Antonio Donini, Kate Clark, Sepi Azarbaijani-Moghaddam and Saeed Parto discuss similarities and differences.
"Review 2024"? For a Zeitenwende at the GFFO
In the April issue of "APuZ", Sarah Brockmeier argues for a Review 2024 at the German Federal Foreign Office, aimed at addressing key obstacles hindering the achievement of a new era in foreign and security policy. This review would create more opportunities for leadership, ideas, initiatives and strategies. [German]
Agility, Quality & Accountability
The 2019 special edition of "Humanitarian aid on the move" is still relevant and addresses the most pressing questions about flexible, adaptive management: What is adaptive management? What are its basic principles, and what does it take to put it into practice? How can it help to better link humanitarian action and development cooperation? And what is the role of digital technologies in this?
Adaptive Management Self‐Assessment Tool
Anyone who wonders how agile work is already being done in one's own organisation, and which areas need improvement can find valuable answers with this tool provided by Mercy Corps.
Humanitarian aid workers are permanently on the move. The mobility embodied in people who travel from one emergency to the next is perceived as a legitimate form of movement and often stands in sharp contrast to the ones whose lives they are intervening in. In an article now published, Andrea Steinke takes a nuanced approach to classifying the different forms of mobility of humanitarian aid workers.