Data Sharing in Humanitarian Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA): A look at risks, threats and mitigation technologies

In recent years, both the rate and extent of data collection in the humanitarian sector has increased. At the same time, scrutiny and sectoral discussion of data-sharing processes has also grown, as humanitarian organisations reflect on the potential risks involved in sharing the data of vulnerable individuals. This discussion is especially relevant in the case of Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) programming, where clustered approaches to humanitarian operations along with the digitalisation of CVA programming following the pandemic has resulted in large quantities of CVA-specific data being collected by humanitarian organisations in a data sharing ecosystem that can include a range of actors – from partner organisations and host governments to financial and other service providers. This research map risks and threats related to data sharing in CVA, and to evaluate potential technological approaches that might mitigate these risks. The research forms part of a broader initiative focused on interoperability and data sharing in the humanitarian sector.