‘Organisations in the development space that care about rights, well-being, privacy and ethics should all be trying to comply with it, regardless of whether or not they are in the EU.’
Although Girl Effect, like many development organisations, works mainly outside the EU, Raftree said many developing nations are introducing similar legislation with some reportedly replicating GDPR almost word for word.
‘Data protection and digital safeguarding is something organisations around the world should be thinking about and trying to get up to speed with.’
In the session, Raftree and Girl Effect’s director of gender Natalie Au talked through Girl Effect’s safeguarding policies.
Au described safeguarding as ‘an art, not a science,’ and explained that traditional approaches are already outdated and ineffective.
Girl Effect’s own updated policy was prompted by the fact that the last version, although only developed in 2016, had not kept up to date with the speed of digital change.
For development organisations thinking of updating their safeguarding, Raftree said that ‘there’s already a lot of guidance out there, so try and build on that rather than start from scratch.’
Au advised organisations not to rush the process. She added: ‘As an organisation we are pushing development boundaries, but we make sure we do so responsibly.’
Finally she advised the development sector take learnings from the private sector and incorporate them where possible, adapting them to suit the organisation’s own work.
Listen to the full webinar.
Read the updated digital safeguarding advice and guidance.