Jul 14 16
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 and cross-functional team management of REFUNITE’s mobile services. As UX lead, she also manages survey, experiment and prototype development across REFUNITE. As a data analyst, Alex designed company-wide KPIs and is responsible for oversight of data quality assurance, data investigations, research training, and multivariate analysis for family tracing. Before joining REFUNITE, Alex worked as a Monitoring & Evaluation Officer for International Rescue Committee (IRC) Somalia, and spearheaded the first pilot and rollout of IRC global’s digital online and mobile data platform. She also co-developed and managed a year-long pilot of a human-centered design project on…
Jun 20 16
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 refugees became separated from their loved ones, the only way to try and find them, often across vast distances, was through a pen-and-paper tracing system, which failed to create data repositories that could be cross-referenced across countries, camps and organizations. The result was that few people became registered, and even fewer were reconnected. Just a couple of weeks ago, REFUNITE crossed a remarkable milestone in our relatively short history: the 500,000th displaced person looking for missing family was brought onto our platform. How did we achieve this? Through using mobile phone technology and distributing the…
Jun 14 16
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.
Jun 14 16
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.
May 10 16
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 through www.freebasics.com on their phone.
May 6 16
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.
Apr 30 16
REFUNITE at Advertising Week Europe in London
REFUNITE at Advertising Week Europe in London, England REFUNITE’s co-founder Christopher Mikkelsen had the pleasure of speaking at Ad Week Europe (AWEurope) in London on the 21st of April, 2016. AWEurope is a conference designed for marketing, advertising, branding, media and technology professionals. AWEurope is a chance for social entrepreneurs to network with like-minded professionals and leaders. Other prominent speakers included Christian Broughton, Editor at Independent.co.uk, Kathleen Saxon, Founder and CEO of The Lighthouse Company, and Dino Burbridge, Director of Innovation and Technology at WCRS. REFUNITE’s Co-founder Christopher Mikkelsen was at the forefront of this event, sharing the story behind REFUNITE.
Apr 21 16
Free Basics by Facebook and m.refunite.org go live in three new countries
Free Basics by Facebook and m.refunite.org go live in three new countries REFUNITE is excited to announce the launch of our family reconnection service through Free Basics by Facebook in an additional three countries: Pakistan, Ghana, and the Philippines. Thousands of families have been separated in the Philippines and Pakistan due to conflict, war and natural disaster. In Ghana more than 18.000 refugees suffer from trauma and loss having fled from rebel groups and poverty. Thanks to Free Basics by Facebook, m.refunite.org can be accessed for free in eight countries. As of 5th March 2016 we have introduced three more countries to use REFUNITE’s platform to search and reconnect with missing family and loved ones. Our growing partnership with Facebook has allowed us to further expand our family tracing and reconnection tool, and through this, better reach and serve displaced families. Through Free Basics by Facebook, refugees and internally…
Apr 20 16
REFUNITE featured in new publication by author and creator Ken Banks: Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation
REFUNITE featured in new publication by author and creator Ken Banks: Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation From teaching young immigrants in Denmark and filming a documentary, to running the largest missing person’s network, REFUNITE co-founders Christopher and David Mikkelsen share their story in the prominent author, Ashoka Fellow and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Ken Banks’ new book Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, released on March 3rd 2016. A collection of 13 personal stories of social entrepreneurship with case studies from Africa, India, US and Europe, the publication has received a lot of positive reviews and has been described as the “hottest” new Business book on Amazon. Featured are innovators, creators and problem-solvers, such as Laura Stachel of We Care Solar, Jessica Anderson and Joumana al Jabri of Visualizing Impact and Erik Hersman of Ushahidi and BRCK. It all started in 2005 when Christopher and David Mikkelsen had been commissioned to produce…
Feb 23 16
Facebook and Free Basics ensures free access to m.refunite.org across Africa and the Middle East
Facebook and Free Basics ensures free access to m.refunite.org across Africa and the Middle East Thanks to Free Basics by Facebook, millions of mobile subscribers across Africa and the Middle East now have free access to REFUNITE’s family reconnection platform. Ida Jeng of REFUNITE reflects on REFUNITE’s newest technology partnership.
Hundreds of families are reconnected through our work every month, often after years of searching for their missing loved ones.
Any donation will help separated families reconnect.