Laila*, 18 carries her son Abul* 18 months and daughter Jida, 2* to the shore in Teknaf, Bangladesh (names have been changed). Credit: Tommy Trenchard / Oxfam

Questioning the use of biometric technology in humanitarian response

Anna Kondakhchyan Humanitarian, ICT4D, Protection, Refugees and IDPs Leave a Comment

Anna Kondakhchyan shares the findings of new research, Biometrics in the Humanitarian Sector, which looks into the benefits and risks of using biometric technology to register people to receive humanitarian aid. How would you feel if refusal to submit your biometric data meant you were excluded from the provision of humanitarian assistance? Biometrics, the measurement of human characteristics through technology such …

Food distribution queues at Shafiullah Ghata Camp, Bangladesh, October 2017. Credit: Kamila Stepien / Oxfam

To use or not to use biometrics? Help us answer the question

Anna Kondakhchyan Aid, Humanitarian, ICT4D 3 Comments

Biometric technologies such as iris scanning, fingerprint or facial recognition, have opened up exciting new possibilities for humanitarian aid delivery, but the potential risks are high. That’s why Oxfam is looking for a consultant to conduct research into the safe use of biometrics in humanitarian response: is this an area you are working in? Imagine if you had lost everything …

IDPs wait in line to receive aid at an Oxfam distribution. The unconditional cash transfer is for the most vulnerable people affected by the current war in the country. Khamer district, Yemen.

Cash transfers: A catalogue of solutions

Anna Kondakhchyan Humanitarian Leave a Comment

ICT in Programme Humanitarian Advisor, Anna Kondakhchyan reflects on an exciting new initiative designed to help practitioners navigate the ins and outs of electronic cash transfers. s Oxfam increasingly defaults to distributing cash, instead of items, in emergencies we’re seeing more opportunities to provide timely, inclusive, secure and reliable payments through the use of electronic transfers such as mobile money, …