The UN Refugee Agency’s annual Global Trends study published today highlights that forced displacement is at a record high, with 68.5 million people driven from their homes by the end of 2017. Yet, there is optimism that digital solutions and the ubiquity and pace of growth of mobile technology can benefit the lives of refugees in a multitude of ways.
According to UNHCR, roughly 93 per cent of refugees live in areas that are covered by at least a 2G network and 62 per cent are living in areas covered by 3G networks. Today on World Refugee Day, here are just five of the many ways that mobile is a lifeline for refugees and displaced people around the globe.
A selection of news reports and advocacy films illustrating the importance of connectivity and mobile phones to refugees.
Our latest research report looks at ways that a number of humanitarian organisations have started to collaborate with the private sector, in particular, mobile network operators, and shares insights on the operational success factors and challenges of leveraging mobile money to deliver cash to refugees.