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.
As the importance of mobile connectivity to refugees becomes more widely recognised, more organisations are launching projects to meet this need. From turning leftover data into cash donations to topping up refugee accounts and using digital money to alleviate hunger, here are several projects worth watching.
A selection of news reports and advocacy films illustrating the importance of connectivity and mobile phones to refugees.
On 24 & 25 October the Disaster Response programme took part in the Techfugees Global Summit in the world’s largest start-up campus, Station F, in Paris. The event brought the tech community together with refugees and humanitarian organisations to showcase how technology can improve the lives of displaced people worldwide. We sat on a panel discussing the role of mobile connectivity for refugees, drawing on our research from East Africa.
For people and communities facing the reality of these humanitarian emergencies, mobile technology is a lifeline.
In 2016, Vodacom installed a 3G tower in Nyarugusu refugee camp for the first time, providing an opportunity to assess the impact of mobile connectivity on refugees. Today, Airtel, Halotel and Tigo also provide connectivity to refugees in the camp.