This project addresses the problem of how to distribute humanitarian aid using data science without undermining equity or legitimacy, and how to reconcile decisions so made with legal and ethical considerations. This interdisciplinary research will focus on the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), investigating decision-making practices, related communications, and evidence used when OCHA decisions are informed by data science. The research combines qualitative social science methods (socio-legal, ethnographic techniques) and inquiry into the legal and other normative frameworks within which OCHA decision-making takes place.
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