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Posted by on Sep 22, 2020 in Information Management, Mobile Technologies, What's new | 0 comments

Findings from a Civil Society Organisations’ workshop on the consequences of physical distancing on their data practices

Findings from a Civil Society Organisations’ workshop on the consequences of physical distancing on their data practices

This post is based on a day of remote exchanges around Information Management practices organised by CartONG, that took place on June 18th, 2020, to which 17 humanitarian and development francophone Civil Society Organisations participated.

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The content of this post is drawn directly from a discussion that occured as part of the day on the data management experiences of the participating CSOs in the face of the Covid-19 crisis and its physical distancing constraints. They listed the problems their organisations have been facing, the solutions that have been found (which have not always worked), and the opportunities that can also be said to have been triggered by the crisis in terms of data management. We are sharing these findings in case they can be useful to other actors of the sector more widely!

The first visual summarises the hurdles CSOs have been facing when adapting their activities to a physical distancing context, and some of the solutions they have implemented to attempt to overcome them.

Data Management issues encountered by CSOs during the Covid-19 crisis and resulting adaptations (you may display the image in full or download it as a PDF by clicking here or the image)

The second visual lists the positive outcomes of the global covid-19 crisis, outlining the opportunities that have arisen for CSOs with regard to their data management practices.

Physical distancing: an opportunity to rethink Civil Society Organisations’ data practices? (you may display the image in full or download it as a PDF by clicking here or the image)

We would love to learn more about your experience during this crisis. If you would like to share with us your reflection on the matter – be it challenges that your organisation has met, the solutions that were implemented and the opportunities discovered by your organisation as a result of the covid-19 crisis, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us or comment this post. We are interested in particular in working on some short case studies on the question, but you can also reach out through our pro-bono Covid IM Help center or directly by email at: CovidIMproject [at] cartong [dot] org.

Whether you have found this resource useful or not, we would love to hear back from you 😊 Please take one minute to fill in this 5 question survey to help improve the guidance we will continue producing in the context of this project!


This project was funded by the H2H Network’s H2H Fund, which is supported by UK aid from the UK government.

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