Improving Data Privacy & Security in ICT4D: A Workshop on Principle 8 of the Digital Development Principles Report

On 8 May 2015, Global Pulse hosted a workshop on data privacy and security in technology-enabled development projects and programmes. This workshop was part of a series of events focused on the Nine Principles for Digital Development. 23 The Principles for Digital Development ( are guidelines that can help development practitioners to integrate established best practices into technology-enabled programmes. They are written by and for international development donors, multilateral organisations, and implementing partners, and they are freely available for use by all. Principle 8 (“Address Privacy & Security”) proposes that ICT4D programmess should: assess and mitigate risks to the security of users and their data; consider the context and needs for privacy of personal data when designing solutions; ensure equity and fairness in co-creation; and protect the best interests of the end-users.24 The workshop was held at the UN Headquarters in New York, and was designed to encourage an exchange of expertise and practical experience in the field of data privacy and data security. Colleagues from UN Agencies, development practitioners, and experts from academia and the private sector attended and participated in the discussions.

A report on the workshop can be found here.

Claudine Lim

Manager at The Principles for Digital Development

Claudine first joined the Digital Impact Alliance in October 2017, shortly after receiving a dual masters in international relations and public relations from the Maxwell School and S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University. After working as a Program Coordinator and Researcher for DIAL’s Business Operations, she is currently working with the Principles of Digital Development.