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Wednesday, June 12 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
"Data Driven" Foreign Aid and "Digital Development" Strategies: Are we disrupting disenfranchisement - or scaling It?

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Come join us for a frank conversation about digital development programming, power structures, ethical design, and how blue sky “digital development principles” actually play out for people on the ground. Dragana Kaurin, Executive Director of Localization Lab, will walk us through refugees’ experience with European and UNHCR data collection requirements. Grace Githaiga, Co-Convenor of KICTANet, will provide insights into Kenyans’ experience with a forced Digital ID process. And Mikael Baker, Senior Digital Development Advisor for USAID, will speak to USAID’s new guide, Using Data Responsibly, and provide insights into how a major governmental institution is trying to map implementation to principles.
Most of all, though, we want to hear from you! Come join us for a conversation in which we ask: where are the voices of the "beneficiaries" of foreign assistance in digital development strategies, and how are their perspectives and rights informing the decisions donors and INGOs make with regard to data collection, aggregation and use within foreign aid? With current legal and procurement structures, and the political drivers, inherent in foreign aid, can our current assistance structures truly "empower beneficiaries" in new or powerful ways by shifting to data-driven or digital strategies, or are these moves primarily designed to diminish costs and increase efficiency among large Western institutions? Alternatively, could digital development practices be transformative, and allow us to disrupt what we ask of each other, and what donors can give back to the communities they strive to serve? Let’s explore it together.

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Grace Githaiga

Director, Kenya, Kictanet
Grace Githaiga is the Co-Convenor of the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet), a multi-stakeholder platform for people and institutions interested and involved in ICT policy and regulation (www.kictanet.or.ke). She has recently joined the Ushahidi board and also sit on advisory committees of several ICT related organisations. Her areas of interests are in ICT policy research and analysis... Read More →
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Mikael Baker

Senior ICT Advisor, USAID

Dragana Kaurin

Founder & Director, Localization Lab
Dragana Kaurin is a human rights researcher and ethnographer working at the intersection of technology, human rights and migration. She is the founder and executive director of Localization Lab, a non-profit organization that works on technology adoption with local communities, research... Read More →

Wednesday June 12, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm BST
L'Escale (Laico)