Refugees and Connectivity

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Zain’s initiatives to assist refugees and internally displaced people

February 24, 2017

Case Studies

Ongoing conflicts around the Middle East and North Africa region have resulted in the displacement of more than 10 million people in Zain’s operating markets. In response, Zain is implementing a variety of initiatives that target the plight of refugees …

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REFUNITE

February 14, 2017

Interviews

REFUNITE harnesses the power and scale of mobile technology to reconnect refugees and displaced people with their missing loved ones. The non-profit tech organisation’s family-tracing platform is described by REFUNITE as global, safe, anonymous and free of charge on any …

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At Davos: Mobile Recognised as a Critical Tool in Humanitarian Response

February 3, 2017

News

Written by Jenny Casswell The world is facing unprecedented humanitarian challenges with widespread acknowledgement of the need to change the way the international community responds to increasingly complex crises. In 2017, the humanitarian sector is seeking USD 22.2 billion to …

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Connectivity and the Modern Refugee

January 20, 2017

News

Written by Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees GENEVA – They were fresh off the boat, the group of refugees I met this time last year. They had fled their homes in Syria, traveled halfway across Turkey, and …

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Q&A with Souktel President & CEO Jacob Korenblum

November 22, 2016

Interviews

Souktel is a Palestinian technology company, which designs and delivers customised digital solutions for vulnerable people across the globe. Over the last ten years, Jacob Korenblum has led the Souktel team in leveraging mobile and web technology to deliver numerous services …

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Apps for Refugees

September 15, 2016

Case Studies

With the growing recognition of refugee information needs and widespread mobile phone ownership, has come a slew of apps designed to help them out. From official government projects to startups led by refugees themselves, here are some online tools now in …

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Projects to Watch

September 15, 2016

Case Studies

As the importance of mobile connectivity to refugees becomes more widely recognised, so more agencies and companies are starting projects to meet the need. From turning leftover data into cash donations to topping up refugee accounts and using digital money …

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Films

September 15, 2016

Advocacy Resources

A selection of news reports and advocacy films illustrating the importance of connectivity and mobile phones to refugees.   How do refugees making the perilous trip to Europe use their phones to help with the journey? A BBC Media Action …

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Resource Library

September 15, 2016

Advocacy Resources

The area of refugees and connectivity is an as-yet under-researched and under-studied area, but some important papers have nevertheless been published over the last few years, particularly with regard to Syrian refugees. Key publications include: The Importance of Mobile for …

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The Humanitarian View: Q&A with Alan Vernon, UNHCR

September 15, 2016

Interviews

The sight of refugees arriving with smartphones on the shores of Europe has pushed the issue of refugee connectivity onto the global agenda. Humanitarians are among those now taking notice – and thinking about how improved connectivity could transform everything …

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