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This panel brings together an international, interdisciplinary team of scholars and practitioners, who work as part of a larger project that assesses the practical and ethical implications of data-based humanitarian targeting of assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs). It focuses on the use of large-scale data in two contexts characterised by conflict and high levels of displacement: northern Nigeria and South Sudan. The panel will discuss the first phase of the research, which is based on qualitative interviews with IDPs, local stakeholders and international humanitarian organisations carried out during April-July 2021. It will present an initial mapping of the humanitarian data ecosystem and will explore barriers to participation in data collation processes for ‘at-risk’ groups, to consider who ‘falls through the cracks’ of protection and the implications of data-based targeting on intersecting and spatial inequalities. The panel will also reflect on how understandings of ‘data justice’ might be developed through engaging the perspectives of displaced populations, and on the problems of grounding humanitarian targeting across divergent contexts in a concept of vulnerability.
This panel is also open to include external, non- project submissions.