Connecting Refugees - How Internet and Mobile Connectivity can Improve Refugee Well-Being and Transform Humanitarian Action (UNHCR)

Date published

2016

Description

This UNHCR report, entitled 'Connecting Refugees - How Internet and Mobile Connectivity can Improve Refugee Well-Being and Transform Humanitarian Action', aims to highlight the critical role that information and communications technology plays in improving the lives of refugees from city to city. From the lifeline of mobile connectivity to internet basics for e-registering health and other services, ICT and online platforms are providing scalable tech solutions that facilitate refugee connection and inclusion and driving enduring social innovation offline.

The report reminds that today, almost 65 million forcibly displaced refugees and internally displaced persons are living without reliable internet and mobile connectivity. This is also a major barrier to innovation and transformative change in humanitarian action. A connected refugee population would unleash innovation in areas such as communicating with displaced persons, responding to their security needs, and getting humanitarian services to them. It would improve their lives and transform humanitarian operations.

It reminds that the main obstacle to refugee connectivity is the cost. This report also tries to find solution and highlights UNHCR's vision of Connectivity for Refugees, which aims, through creative partnerships and smart investments, to ensure that all refugees, and the communities that host them, have access to available, affordable and usable mobile and internet connectivity in order to leverage these technologies for protection, communications, education, health, self-reliance, community empowerment, and durable solutions.

Please click here to read the report. 

Thematic area

  • Migrant access to urban services

Document link

Document language

English

Document type

Focus area

Migration and Integration

JMDI publication

No