The Problem with “Simple Questions” in Humanitarian Crises and International Development

How many women suffer from abuse around the world? How many children die from a lack of food? Where can I best put my donation money to help the most people?

In the last 10–15 years there has been a push to incorporate data into decision making in the humanitarian context. This has been a push as governments and organizations need to make tough decisions on what to fund with their annual budgets. Organizations and advocates need to be able to relate their growth and impact with…