Refugees and Connectivity

GSMA Disaster Response

Interviews

Responding to refugees’ need for connectivity – and exploring the growing role that mobile technology has in humanitarian response – is a complex challenge that increasingly needs humanitarians and MNOs to work together as partners. We spoke to key figures leading this work in the mobile and humanitarian sectors to see how they see this challenge, what they are doing to deliver connectivity and why, and how they see these partnerships growing in the future.

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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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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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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The MNO View: Q&A with Kaan Terzioğlu. CEO, Turkcell

September 15, 2016

Interviews

Turkcell is the biggest MNO in Turkey and has been at the forefront of the national response to the influx of over 2 million refugees from Syria. Mr Terzioğlu explains why helping refugees is not just important to him personally, …

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