Thuita Wachira

REFUNITE behind-the-scenes: Tech Team Reveals Upgrades


REFUNITE behind-the-scenes: Tech Team Reveals Upgrades     The past five months have been a particularly exciting time for the tech team at REFUNITE. Given the increased number of displaced people globally, we saw an urgent need to upgrade our backend platform to better adjust and scale to the numbers of displaced persons we were […]


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Lotta Relander

Zain Group received CSR Initiatve of the Year award at CommsMEA for work with REFUNITE


REFUNITE’s partner Zain Group, a leading mobile telecom innovator, were presented with three awards at this year’s CommsMEA awards in Dubai. One of these awards was for the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiative of the Year, which Zain received for their work in the Family Reconnection Program, where it tied up with Ericsson and REFUNITE […]


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Ida Jeng

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, technology brings closure to separated families


Ida Jeng, REFUNITE’s Director of Global Communication and Strategy, shares photos and observations from a recent mission to Goma in the Democratic Republic.


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Lotta Relander

Guest Lecture Series: How Technology is Helping Refugees


  Guest Lecture Series: How Technology is Helping Refugees   Nearly 60 million people have been forcibly displaced and driven from their homes – the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. New technology is proving to be an essential tool for displaced people. New apps, digital platforms, and mobile initiatives have emerged as a […]


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Lotta Relander

Code for Africa Hacks/Hackers Event on Refugee Crisis: A discussion on how the community can help


Code for Africa Hacks/Hackers Event on Refugee Crisis: A discussion on how the community can help This month, REFUNITE’s Tech Lead, Laban Mwangi and Communications Assistant, Lotta Relander spoke at Code for Africa’s Hacks/Hackers event at Nairobi Garage in Nairobi, Kenya. This event was put together by Code for Africa, the continent’s largest data journalism […]


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Lotta Relander

After years of separation, Somali family reconnects with eldest son


The story below was recalled by a Somali refugee, Shuun*. All details and events described are accurate to the best of her recollection.


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Lotta Relander

REFUNITE attends PopTech:Hybrid Event


Every year, PopTech brings together a community of innovators from different fields of work to discuss and create lasting change. The conference is held every October in Camden, Maine, USA. They welcome 600 doers and thinkers to share their ideas and projects revolving around social innovation. REFUNITE’s Co-founders and Co-CEOs David and Christopher Mikkelsen are […]


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Lotta Relander

Taking UX into the field: Testing our search tool on urban refugees


Tamuka Hub is a learning space located in Nairobi for the urban refugees to learn and improve their computer skills. Their courses include introduction to computer, web-design, graphic design, money management for small business, and many more.     The space has computers with good internet connection, which helps the refugees keep up to date […]


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Ida Jeng

REFUNITE unveils new, mobile-friendly features for separated families in Iraq


  Time is of the essence for Iraq’s 247,352 Syrian refugees as well as the 3,596,356 million internally displaced persons living inside Iraq. Thanks to Asiacell and long-time technology partner Ericsson, REFUNITE has been able to respond rapidly to this displacement crisis.


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Lotta Relander

Somali brothers reconnected after years of separation


The story below was recalled by Somali brothers Ibrahim* and Hassan.* The details described are accurate to the best of their recollection.


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