In the words of UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, we face ‘the most serious refugee crisis for 20 years’. Recent displacement from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, and Somalia has increased the number of refugees in the world to 15.4 million.
Significantly, some 10.2 million of these people are in protracted refugee situations. In other words, they have been in limbo for at least 5 years, with an average length of stay in exile of nearly 20 years. Rather than transitioning from emergency relief to long-term reintegration, displaced populations too often get trapped within the system.
On World Refugee Day, 20 June 2014, the Humanitarian Innovation Project launches a new report, Refugee Economies: Rethinking Popular Assumptions, which aims to challenge the current model of donor state-led assistance, drawing on ground-breaking new research on the economic life of refugees in Uganda. By attempting to understand the economic systems of displaced populations, we hope to generate new ideas which can turn current humanitarian realities into sustainable opportunities.
Research findings are organized in around five popular myths:
that refugees are economically isolated;
that they are a burden on host states;
that they are economically homogenous;
that they are technologically illiterate;
that they are dependent on humanitarian assistance.
In each case, the data challenges or fundamentally nuances each of those ideas. We show a refugee community that is nationally and trans nationally integrated, contributes in positive ways to the national economy, is economically diverse, uses and creates technology, and is far from uniformly dependent on international assistance.
On World Refugee Day, join in showing support for an alternative, empowering approach to refugee assistance. Make your voice heard by signing up for our Thunderclap, and download the report free-of-charge at www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/refugeeeconomies
The simplest format is a pub (or cafe) meetup: organiser sends out call for meeting (or has a monthly 'set' meeting), and sits at a table with a 'token' (for CrisismappersNYC, it's a blow-up globe) that new people can recognise easily across a room.
Ndetto M Set a consistent date, time, and location. Always have it there so people can get used to it.
And the more formal talk: one person gives a talk for 30 minutes to an hour, with a discussion afterwards. This will bring in more people, but be more difficult to organise (you need a speaker, and a room with e.g. a projector, seating etc).
Imagine that you're in front of an audience and have 5 minutes to share your daily activities. 50 minutes later into the talk you notice 10 of your team members have given prolific highlights on their daily routines. It finally hits you how technological changes have resulted in the interdependence of nations, organizations and social well being.
Does the team through this get acceleration into cohesive momentum of its en-devours, suppose it was humanitarian efforts oriented experiences being shared?
"Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge . . . is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another's world. It requires profound, purpose larger than the self kind of understanding."
The efforts to connect hackers and make spaces with humanitarian organizations to prepare technology solutions to create and improve disaster relief solutions, goes without a saying. If you are a hacker, maker, or simply want to help make your community stronger with the help of technology, find out how you can help GWOBorg.