Technology & the Modern Refugee

Washington, D.C. campuses

GA D.C., 1776
1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington D.C. 20005

GA D.C. (Northern Virginia)
2231 Crystal Drive #1000
Arlington VA 22202

Past Locations for this Event

Technology & the Modern Refugee

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. campuses

GA D.C., 1776
1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington D.C. 20005

GA D.C. (Northern Virginia)
2231 Crystal Drive #1000
Arlington VA 22202

Past Locations for this Event

About this event

The refugee crisis on European shores has opened our eyes to a global refugee crisis that is unprecedented in scale. More people have been forced to flee their homes by conflict and crisis than at any time since World War II. The very nature of being a refugee has changed, too, but our perceptions haven’t necessarily caught up. 60% of refugees worldwide live in cities and communities, not in camps. And the kind of aid they need has changed.

Rather than handing out blankets or food that they may not need, for example, providing cash is proving increasingly effective, and often in the form of digital, secure, easy-to- use prepaid debit cards or mobile-based transfers. Rather than providing them information, they can find it themselves.

So how can technology be best harnessed to meet the needs of the modern refugee? Join humanitarian aid experts from the International Rescue Committee and General Assembly for a series of quick-fire presentations, short films from the IRC’s work in the field, and a discussion to explore what we can achieve together on the refugee crisis.

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