Sacha Robehmed

REFUNITE team completes Human-Centered Design Course


Designing how REFUNITE might implement Interactive Voice Recording technologies to improve our service for illiterate Somalis in Kenya. For the last two months, REFUNITE’s user acquisition and growth team has been brushing up on an important skill. We formed a team and joined thousands of people around the world for “Design Kit: The Course for […]


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Giulia Balestra

REFUNITE shares expertise at European Social Innovation Academy 2016


The European Commission’s Social Innovation Competition 2016,  ‘Integrated Futures’, focuses on innovative solutions for refugees and brings together social entrepreneurs, changemakers and technologists from different European countries. REFUNITE has been selected as a Jury member, alongside organizations, such as The United Nations Refugee Agency and TechFugees.


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Giulia Balestra

Cannes Lions 2016: #IMmigrant shortlisted


Between 19-21 June 2016, the #IMmigrant campaign, initiated by advertising agency LDC and REFUNITE, received three nominations at Cannes Lions, in the Direct category and the Cyber category. Although we didn’t come home with Lions in our pockets, we are proud of the campaign’s success and the growing visibility it sparked on the migration stories […]


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Giulia Balestra

Closing Dadaab: How might technology help?


  Inspired by the different ways technology can be used to help refugees globally, REFUNITE and independent think tank Samuel Hall initiated a forum focusing on innovation in a humanitarian context.   Closing Dadaab: How might technology help?     The inaugural event on “Technology & Innovation for Supporting Refugees” took place on Thursday, June […]


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Giulia Balestra

REFUNITE FAMILY GROWS: Welcoming Alex, Gideon, and Giulia!


Halfway through 2016 and REFUNITE has three new faces to introduce to you! Over the last few months Alex, Gideon, and Giulia have joined the REFUNITE Team in Nairobi. Let’s welcome them on board and get to know them.   ALEX BRONER – Product Manager As Product Manager, Alex leads the research, conceptualization, prototyping, product […]


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Sureka Murray

500,000 refugees searching for missing family


500,000 refugees searching for missing family   In honor of World Refugee Day, the founders of REFUNITE, brothers and social entrepreneurs David and Christopher Mikkelsen, reflect on the journey of the organization and its partners, which have brought REFUNITE to help more than 500,000 people in their search for missing family. Ten years ago, when […]


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Sacha Robehmed

Stories of Separation in Iraq


This is the second part of a three-part blog series by REFUNITE’s Middle East Project Manager, reflecting on her findings from a recent trip to Iraq. This post focuses on missing relatives.


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Lotta Relander

Fleeing From War, Congolese Best Friends Find Each Other in Kenya


Fleeing From War, Congolese Best Friends Find Each Other in Kenya The story below was recalled by Congolese refugee David*, with some added detail from his friend, Joel*. All details and events described are accurate to the best of their recollection.


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Lotta Relander

Live in Nigeria: REFUNITE launches with Free Basics by Facebook


Live in Nigeria: REFUNITE Launches with Free Basics by Facebook 10th May, 2016 – REFUNITE launched our family reconnection service in Nigeria in partnership with Free Basics by Facebook and Airtel Nigeria. Now, the over 1.5 million displaced people in Nigeria can search and reconnect with their missing family. Airtel Nigeria subscribers can access REFUNITE’s platform for free […]


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Sacha Robehmed

Getting online in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq


This is the first part of a three-part blog series by REFUNITE’s Middle East Project Manager, reflecting on her findings from a recent trip to Iraq. This part focuses on ways that Syrian refugees and Iraqi Internally Displaced People (IDPs) get online and use the Internet.


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