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In India, digital identification systems deliver immediate benefits, facilitating a huge increase in financial inclusion and reducing corruption. The “India Stack”, a digital infrastructure that was built as a public good, provides people with the tools to leverage their data.
Watch this space to learn more about UNHCR request for proposal on digital identity for refugees.
The World Economic Forum convened on 26 September its network of specialists from public and private sectors for an Impact Summit. A high level panel – which included UNHCR’s Deputy High Commissioner – discussed on what WEF has labelled good digital identity.
Watch the new web version of the VR film produced by the Centre for Humanitarian Data about how data is collected and used to inform life-saving decisions in northeastern Nigeria
If you missed it, you can find here the link to watch the session “Handling sensitive data in humanitarian action”.
The World Food Programme (WFP) is presenting seven new technologies – one of which is UNHCR’s biometric system used in Jordan – that have the power to transform humanitarian assistance. Watch this clip with Robert Opp, Director of Innovation and Change for WFP.
On 28 September, a delegation comprised of the World Bank Group, UNHCR and the Government of Denmark representatives visited UN City to discuss the establishment of a Joint Data Centre on forced displacement.
The High Commissioner’s OpEd in the Financial Times on why the private sector is vital in the refugee response focuses on innovative mobile network operators that together with UNHCR, national regulators and development actors have brought connectivity to some of the world’s most remote refugee settlements.
Identity management, including refugee registration, is the responsibility of UNHCR country offices. Each office has dedicated staff for business and technology. Sometimes, when there is mass influx situations or large-scale verification exercises, local capacity is insufficient and needs to be beefed-up. Here is where special training kicks in.
A new strategy note from UN Secretary General, António Guterres, explains on how the United Nations system will support the use of new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, biotechnology, material sciences and robotics.
UNHCR transitions responsibility for refugee registration to national counterparts.
Australian researchers learn from experiences in Germany when designing an ecosystem of digital services that will help refugees resettle in Australia. This article was published by the CONVERSATION.