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Refugees are human beings with skills, talents, aspirations

July 20th, 2016 Posted by Refugees 0 comments on “Refugees are human beings with skills, talents, aspirations”

“There’s nothing inevitable about refugees being a cost, they’re human beings with skills, talents, aspirations, with the ability to make contributions — if we let them.”  Alexander Betts

We can start talking about what is happening in Uganda, not because it’s representative of all host countries but ‘cause it’s exceptional. Unlike most host countries around the world, what Uganda has done is give refugees economic opportunity. It gives them the right to work. It gives them freedom of movement. And the results of that are extraordinary both for refugees and the host community. In the capital city, Kampala, 21 percent of refugees own a business that employs other people, and 40 percent of those employees are nationals of the host country. In other words, refugees are making jobs for citizens of the host country. Even in the camps, it’s easy to find extraordinary examples of vibrant, flourishing and entrepreneurial businesses.

Beyond that we should consider that going digital has the potential to fundamentally transform the relationship between citizen and government. Research has shown that disadvantaged groups, including immigrants and minorities, are high users of smartphones and social media, and could theoretically be reached through these tools. Newly arrived immigrants are some of the most vulnerable in society and are often in need of support settling in and connecting to information about local services and jobs. However, these groups are often thought to be digitally, as well as socially excluded, and the move by governments to online platforms could exacerbate existing barriers to accessing public services. Furthermore, these groups may lack the necessary digital skills and host-country language ability to take full advantage of digital government services.

Here we’ll show how in the recent Refugee Crisi it’s crossing Europe, the tech community responds to this emergency ad develope some ideas to create a link between refugees and job market.

logo-Inc_for_im_logo_diap-300x75Incubators for Immigrants has been founded by a group of like-minded entrepreneurs, who agreed that a positive action had to take place instead of the endless conversations. By using another constructive way to look at ‘the problem’, they discovered that enterprising refugees could get a (temporarily) residence permit faster than usual if they would be a serious entrepreneur in the Netherlands. Incubators for Immigrants removes the bureaucracy that is involved with the foreign start-ups and with that they give refugees the same opportunities as Dutch entrepreneurs. A solution based on the fact that every human being has the same rights to free establishments and equal opportunities, including refugees who have arrived in the Netherlands.

science4refugess_bannerScience4Refugees is an initiative launched by European Commission the to help refugee scientists and researchers find suitable jobs that both improve their own situation and put their skills and experience to good use in Europe’s research system.
Science4Refugees is accessible to refugees and institutions through the EURAXESS – Researchers in Motion portal, a pan-European initiative providing access to a complete range of information and support services to researchers wishing to find jobs and pursue their research careers in Europe.

Employers around Europe are looking for skilled workers, and many refugees have marketable skills.workeer-a-job-board-for-refugees
The online portal Workeer is bringing the two together.
“It soon became clear that we wanted to build a website that would support refugees in Germany. Seeing the amount of problems existing about the current refugee situation, we were certain that this could be our chance to create something valuable for refugees in Germany and the Germany society itself.
We spent the first month on doing some intensive qualitative and quantitative research with the goal of understanding all the problems about the refugee situation. We talked to refugees, very motivated initiatives, organizations and representatives of the state administration. And clearly there was a wide range of issues to tackle. From support in bureaucratic questions t
o finding a place to live or learning the German language; all of them were very important. But there was one issue people kept mentioning over and over again that really stuck with us: finding a job! “ David Jacob


ReDI SCHOOL OF DIGITAL INTEGRATION: Teaching coding skills to create job opportunities and economic empowerment for refugees.

How you canReDi School help?
Is your company looking to build and grow the next generation of coders and developers? Would you like to make a tangible, immediate impact on refugee economic integration?
Do you have coding chops you’d like to share? Are you part of the Berlin tech scene and can provide mentorship? Can you help kickstart someone’s IT career? We need teachers, tech mentors, career counselors and allrounders.

Foto: ReDi school facebook page

RefugeesWork is the iniciative that tries RefugeesWork to help refugees/newcomers to connect with the locals through working together on tasks. The offered tasks should be a win-win situation for everyone, including newcomer, the organization and the city. No part of the equation should come out of the collaboration feeling used. Our focus is social engagement through working together.
You can post your offer or request and start making world a better place. Work is the best pathway to connect newcomers with locals. We grow through the things we make. Action Emploi Réfugiés est une plate-forme de rapprochement désintermédié entre employeurs, particuliers et réfugiés demandeurs d’emploi.
Action Emploi Réfugiés is a virtual meeting place for employers, both individuals and businesses, and refugees trying to find jobs
” مبادرة توظيف اللاجئين “
هو مكان للاجتماع على شبكة الانترنت ،لأرباب العمل والشركات واللاجئين الذين يرغبون باللعثور على وظيفة .

Integrify is a software development center for refugees, asylum seekers, and recent immigrants. integrify-group-1
Integrify is a refugee camp reinvented. Instead of operating as a housing facility with basic services, Integrify takes a results-oriented approach by integrating its residents into society through technology and jobs. To accomplish this, Integrify focuses on the ultimate meritocracy; software development.


Welcome Talent is a LinkedIn initiative aiming to create a platform where newcomers to Sweden and employers in Sweden easily can find each other. When employers add #welcometalent you can easely find the jobs/internships on the yellow button below. These positions will not require native Swedish, but please read the requirements carefully before applying.Tip: Remember to update your country to “Sweden” so employers can find you.

Private sector engagement to alleviate the refugee crisis

July 15th, 2016 Posted by Refugees 0 comments on “Private sector engagement to alleviate the refugee crisis”

“A coordinated response would contribute in ways that benefit businesses, refugees and host societies alike.”

— Open Society Foundation’s Maria Teresa Rojas and Alyssa Ross

The scale of the current Syrian refugee crisis has generated significant involvement from private actors, including corporations and individuals. With governments overwhelmed and unable to adequately address the situation, the private sector has a critical role to play in providing for immediate humanitarian needs, as well as supporting refugee resettlement and integration. Private sector involvement in economic development and job creation is also a key component of the long-term solution, which goes beyond this current crisis.
While Syrians trying to reach Europe have dominated headlines, there are many other large refugee populations from a wide variety of countries, including Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Iraq, Myanmar, Somalia and Sudan. While some of these situations have endured for decades, others are relatively new, or have worsened in recent years. These refugees have settled throughout the world, from Kenya to India, Russia, Pakistan and Chad.
By the end of 2015, 1 in 122 people in the world had been forced to flee his or her home. More than 20 million people are currently refugees, the highest number in over two decades. Millions of others have been forced to move within their own countries: counting both refugees and internally displaced persons, the United Nations estimates that as many as 60 million are currently displaced, a number that has risen rapidly from the 45.2 million reported in 2012. The sheer volume has made it difficult for the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, and host governments to cope. Asylum applications were up 78 percent from 2014 to 2015, and the pressure on host countries has grown significantly.
Businesses and other private entities have responded in a number of ways. Many companies have been working to integrate migrants quickly into host country job markets, an effort that benefits both refugees and businesses.
At U.S.-based Chobani, the world’s largest yogurt factory, refugees account for around 30 percent of a total workforce of 2,000 people. Chobani’s CEO, Hamdi Ulukaya, who also created the Tent Foundation to funnel money and technology into programs that help refugees, has called on corporate leaders to step up and provide job training, employment opportunities, and direct assistance.
In Germany, where an aging population has resulted in more than half a million unfilled jobs, corporations have called for an overhaul of laws to allow asylum-seekers to enter the labor force more quickly. Last September, Germany’s four main employers’ associations, which represent hundreds of thousands of companies, requested that the country give approved asylum-seekers faster access to the labor market, as well as to language and skills training. German companies have also developed business to business networks to facilitate the hiring and training of refugees.
Some private entities have offered internships, scholarships, and training courses for refugees, while others have been providing educational opportunities. In Europe, a number of corporations have been hiring refugees as paid interns. These include Deutsche Telekom, Evonik, Bosch Group, Uniqlo and Siemens. Other companies have focused on improving access to education for young refugees.
For example, the Vodafone Foundation has created a digital “school in a box” to bring tablet-based teaching to young refugees living in the Dadaab region of Kenya. The initiative, started in partnership with UNHCR, brings an instant classroom, which can be assembled in 20 minutes, to areas where electricity and internet connectivity are unreliable or nonexistent.
In an effort to better integrate refugees into German society, the football club Bayern Munich has created a “training camp,” which offers food, German language classes, and football equipment. The club also raised 1 million euros ($1.11 million) at a friendly match to support integration projects in Germany.
Greater private sector involvement would add much-needed resources to those invested by the public sector, enhance the efficiency of projects, and improve prospects for success. A coordinated response would contribute in ways that benefit businesses, refugees, and host societies alike.
This is a critical moment for expanding private sector involvement, and for building upon the work that is already being done.
Read the full post and and join the conversation AcrossBorders.


©UNHCR/Maren Wickwire/Manifest Media

Welcome to the mHealth Blog

July 7th, 2016 Posted by ICT4D, MHealth 0 comments on “Welcome to the mHealth Blog”

Since November 2015, thanks to ong 2.0, we have the possibility to use a space where to share with you some interesting facts, information or talks about mHealth, mHealth tools, presentation of case studies and user’s.

We start with some basic information… what is mHealth? First of all, we need to understand what an health system is. An Health system is a combination of structures, processes and resources required to deliver healthcare to the population. Therefore, this system needs financing mechanisms, well trained and paid workforce, reliable information and well ­maintained facilities to guarantee a good service to patients.

Where does the mHealth come in then?

Well, in some contexts those requirements are not totally fulfilled. Particularly when reliable information is missing, it is very difficult to monitor the spread of diseases, understand if patients’ conditions are properly diagnosed or if proper treatments are given, just to mention a few… here is where mHealth can play a very important role.

According to WHO, Mobile Health (m­Health) is the “Provision of health services and information via mobile and wireless technologies. mHealth includes mobile phones, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), tablets, mobile applications and wireless medical devices“.

mHealth has the potential to address and overcome challenges such as:

  • Disparities in access to health services, helping remote communities to also connect and avail of health services;
  • Inadequacies of the health infrastructure, supporting in monitoring the quality of health posts and health centers;
  • Shortage of human resources for health, by empowering health promoters and spreading educational messages.

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