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Humanitarian Payment Digitisation: Focus On Uganda’s Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement

November 13, 2017

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For the first time in Uganda, mobile network operators (MNOs) are using their mobile money bulk payment services to deliver humanitarian cash transfers (HCT) to refugees. Our latest report explores how humanitarian organisations are collaborating with mobile network operators and …

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Three takeaways from the Techfugees inaugural Global Summit

November 8, 2017

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On 24 & 25 October the Disaster Response programme took part in theTechfugees 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 …

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Five ways mobile technology can help in humanitarian emergencies

September 27, 2017

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By Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA. This article was originally published by the World Economic Forum in August 2017. Header image: REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate.   An estimated 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes in 2016, …

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Meeting humanitarian challenges with mobile: M4D at UNGA

September 26, 2017

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Last Thursday, on September 19th, GSMA Mobile for Development held a breakfast event in the SDG Media Zone at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss the opportunities presented by mobile technology in meeting humanitarian challenges. At the event participants heard from the GSMA, …

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The Disaster Response Innovation Fund is open for applications

September 26, 2017

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Since the inception of GSMA’s Disaster Response programme in 2012, we have worked with our GSMA members, humanitarian partners and the wider private and humanitarian sectors to drive the creation and adoption of coordinated, impactful solutions and practices that leverage …

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Mobile is a Lifeline: Research from Nyarugusu Refugee Camp, Tanzania

July 11, 2017

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Today, at GSMA Mobile 360 – Africa we are launching a new report documenting the socio-economic impact of mobile connectivity for refugees in Nyarugusu camp in Tanzania. At the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 10 months ago, we embarked on a …

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New research one year on from the World Humanitarian Summit

July 4, 2017

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One year ago today, world leaders, humanitarian agencies, civil society, and the private sector gathered in Istanbul for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). The WHS was called in response to the scale of human suffering caused by conflict and disasters …

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On #WorldRefugeeDay: A Look at Refugees and Identity

June 20, 2017

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Today, on the 20th of June, the international community is celebrating World Refugee Day by drawing attention to the unprecedented and ever-increasing number of people who have been forced to traverse international borders to escape physical, economic and social hardships such as new …

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

February 3, 2017

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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

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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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