Data protection in humanitarian action

Online training, 9 am to 12 pm each


Monday, 7 February,

Wednesday, 9 February,

Friday, 11 February,

Monday, 14 February,

Wednesday, 16 February

Friday, 18 February 2022 and

follow-up session on 22 March 2022

The training is part of a common project of the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) of Ruhr-University Bochum and VENRO.

The protection of personal data contributes essentially to the safety and dignity of people affected by conflict or catastrophes. Humanitarian agencies working in those contexts have to ensure a safe collection, usage and transfer of sensitive data during their activities. The training will focus on humanitarian operations/programme data. Data managed by NGOs for their fundraising, HR, finance activities will not be discussed.

The training is tailored for project and programme managers working with German NGOs. 

Participants will develop a good understanding of key concepts of data protection, the General Data Protection Regulation and data protection principles applied to operations in the humanitarian sector. They will be able to evaluate their own organisations in terms of responsible data. The trainers will share tools and methods that can be used to improve data security. After the seminar individual coaching sessions for participants are offered.

The training consists of six online sessions and a follow-up session a few weeks after the main sessions. Each session will be composed of a mix of theory, individual reflection, group exercises, as well as group presentations and open discussions. Light individual homework will be given between the sessions.

The training will be conducted by Maryline Chabanis and Brice Pruvost of the French NGO CartONG. CartONG is an organisation specialised in information management supporting aid organisation strategies and field operations.

You can find the agenda below. The sessions will be in English. Participation is free of charge. Please register online until 16 January 2022. The number of participants is limited. You will receive feedback on your admission to the course after the registration deadline.

Please contact Karoline Krähling for further questions (+49 (0)30/26 39 299-28, k.kraehling(at)