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No Matter Where You Are, the Responsible Data for Children Principles Can Be Implemented

An illustration of the ways that data practitioners are promoting responsible data for children around the world.

Posted on 7th of June 2023 by Andrew Zahuranec, Sara Marcucci, Stefaan Verhulst, Eugenia Olliaro

No Matter Where You Are, the Responsible Data for Children Principles Can Be Implemented
No Matter Where You Are, the Responsible Data for Children Principles Can Be Implemented

Since launching in 2019, the Responsible Data for Children (RD4C) initiative has sought to provide guidance, tools, and leadership to support the responsible handling of data for and about children. In this capacity, we have worked with professionals around the world to understand how they operate, identify and support promising practices, and advance the Responsible Data for Children principles—a set of values that practitioners can align with to ensure the best interests of children remain at the center of all data activities. 

In advance of the  2023 Annual Meeting for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action where we will be presenting some of our work, the Responsible Data for Children initiative is happy to release an infographic featuring promising practices across countries, contexts and sectors that align with the RD4C principles. They include UNICEF country offices in:

  • Ukraine, where the Humanitarian Cash Operation and Programme Ecosystem (HOPE) created well-established roles, functions, and accountabilities for parties responsible for importing data and approving payments (Professionally Accountable);
  • Mozambique, where organizations sought collaboration across the government and civil society to support the InForm data platform. This platform enabled the quick dissemination of insights to those who could make a difference in disaster response (Participatory);
  • Romania, whose Aurora Project platform reflected the specific needs of children and families (People-Centric);
  • Mongolia, whose Administrative Data Maturity Model enhanced efforts to harness administrative data systems for child welfare in Mongolia (Purpose-Driven);
  • Democratic Republic of Congo whose Cellule d’Analyse Intégrée initiative to address Ebola avoided excessive data collection from individuals, instead seeking only what was necessary to address the disease (Proportional); 
  • Indonesia, where staff are developing a privacy policy for an immunization chatbot. This policy aims to make users are aware of risks and opportunities associated with the tool (Protective of Children’s Rights); and 
  • Guatemala, whose deployment of Primero tries to proactively think about how the insights generated can enhance case management of vulnerable children (Prevention of Harms Across the Data Lifecycle).


As the graphic demonstrates, Responsible Data for Children can be realized around the world in multiple and diverse projects and settings. It is our hope that this resource can elevate promising practices to inspire practitioners. Next week, we will publish a blog building on this resource, describing the Responsible Data for Children initiative’s specific value proposition and how its principles-led approach provides a common framework that can be adapted to a large number of contexts.

 For a high-resolution, downloadable version of this graphic, please visit the link here

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