How to (re)build connection in displacement – Lessons from Uganda

How to (re)build connection in displacement – Lessons from Uganda

The refugee and connectivity equation When hundreds of thousands of refugees started to flee South Sudan in the summer of 2016 and settle in West Nile, a remote rural region of Uganda, the roads were in poor condition, there was limited access to electricity, and...
How to Work With Mobile Network Operators – Lessons from Tanzania

How to Work With Mobile Network Operators – Lessons from Tanzania

Today, we are seeing an unprecedented number of people forced to flee, leaving their homes behind and moving towards an uncertain future. What we are not seeing, is adequate and coordinated responses to large-scale movements and appropriate solutions for refugees and...
Connectivity for Refugees: Reflecting on two years of implementation

Connectivity for Refugees: Reflecting on two years of implementation

Photo Credit: © UNHCR/Silja Ostermann The Connectivity for Refugees initiative was designed ambitiously: to ensure that all 65 million displaced persons to connectivity. In our last two posts we gave a little background on the initiative’s inception, lessons we’d...
Connectivity for Refugees: What have we learned?

Connectivity for Refugees: What have we learned?

Malaysia. Skyping with family members separated by boat crisis. Photo Credit: © UNHCR/Keane Shum Following on from last week’s post, today we’re going to unpack some of the lessons learned from the first pilots delivered through the Connectivity for Refugees...
Connectivity for Refugees: where are we two years later

Connectivity for Refugees: where are we two years later

Budiaki helps her student to connect to online social media during basic computer skills training session in the Information technology classroom of the Women’s Centre for urban refugees in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Photo credit: © UNHCR/Agron Dragaj   Two...
Internet and Mobile Connectivity for Refugees – Leaving No One Behind

Internet and Mobile Connectivity for Refugees – Leaving No One Behind

Photo Credit: UNHCR Jordan This article was originally a contribution to the International Telecommunication Union’s ‘Fast Forward Progress’ Report, which contains insights and experiences from 29 UN programmes as to how technology and connectivity are supporting the...
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