Most humanitarian organizations are already engaged in digital transformation. To respect the “do no harm” principle, they need to responsibly deploy new technologies centered on the needs of affected populations. This requires their staff to understand how to balance risks and benefits.
Teaming up to meet this challenge, EPFL and the ICRC are producing two Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC) to help humanitarian organizations to equip their workforce with a holistic understanding of Information and Communication Technologies. Acquiring these skills will allow humanitarians to adapt to new needs, better assess risks and opportunities and to make informed decisions.
The development of this ambitious training program is a joint effort of the ICRC and two centers at EPFL , the Centre for Digital Trust (C4DT), and the EssentialTech Centre, supported by the Center for Digital Education. The partnership between the ICRC, and its aim to widen its protection and assistance mandate to the digital sphere, and the excellence of EPFL in technology and digital education, makes this a unique offering. The partner’s ambitions are to bring changes in the whole humanitarian sector.
Audience and content
These MOOCs are designed for humanitarian workers without any particular IT background. Starting with basics about how computers, networks and the internet work, it will then allow the audience to better grasp the technical aspects of information security and data protection, cybersecurity as well as new technological trends (artificial intelligence, blockchain, etc). Links to day-to-day humanitarian work will be fostered through case studies and interviews with practitioners, such as ICRC staff.