VENRO is the umbrella organisation of development and humanitarian aid non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Germany. The Association was founded in 1995 and comprises around 140 organisations. Their backgrounds lie in private and church-related development co-operation, humanitarian aid as well as development education, public relations and advocacy. VENRO’s central goal is achieving justice in globalisation, and in particular eradicating global poverty. The Association works towards realising human rights and conserving natural resources.
In February 2020, just before the pandemic sent us into lockdown, CartONG had the chance to facilitate a 2-day in-person training on Data Protection in Humanitarian Assistance for a dozen of actors - an initiative part of the training catalog proposed by VENRO, the umbrella organization of development and humanitarian NGOs in Germany.
Two years later, we renewed this experience, this time using an online format. A group of 16 participants coming from 14 organizations and a variety of backgrounds and positions met 6 times over 2 weeks to learn, reflect and discuss about Data Protection. The objectives of this training were to obtain a good overview and understanding of the concept of data protection applied to the aid sector, evaluate the maturity of each participant’s organization on the topic, learn how to protect data and get an overview of the tools and methods that can be used to improve data security. In the end, we sought to engage everyone in their responsible data journey and demonstrate how each and everyone can be an active actor on the subject. In the first semester of 2022, CartONG continued to support the participants via individual coaching sessions organized at their request.
CartONG provided a 2-day training on "Data protection in humanitarian assistance" to 13 member organizations of the German network of humanitarian and development organizations VENRO. Targetting humanitarian project and programme managers, the goals of the workshop were for the participants to:
This training was followed by remote telephone coaching sessions for each of the participants, that were provided between March and August 2020.
To learn more about the support provided, please check out our 2020 Annual Report.