Covid19 virus does not discriminate by race, gender or status. Yet, it will likely hit more severely the vulnerable, among whom displaced people & refugees – whom have, on average, a more limited access to healthcare, information and less opportunities to protect themselves from the virus and its socio-economic consequences. That’s why a group of us, refugees or friends of refugees, humanitarians, data scientists & social entrepreneurs have come together in March 2020 to collaborate online and map the impact of covid19 on refugees communities as well as list existing potential solutions ready to be implemented locally or at scale to respond to it. Since September, the scope of research has been broadened to include other non-health related challenges faced by displaced persons
Through an international coverage, the platform aggregates data on the challenges faced by displaced persons from a health, human rights and socio-economic standpoint and what can be done to protect and empower displaced persons’ addressing primary needs:
At a policy level: Access of Asylum-seekers and Refugees to Rights without Discrimination ; Refugee Status Determination ; Policy tech solutions
At a local level: Site Facility Information ; Access to Rights & Information ; Health, Education, & Employment ; Local innovative technology solutions.
Access to the above data provides opportunity for qualitative evidence based research and mapping to identify and assess critical success factors supporting displaced communities.
The data is collected from multiple formats and sources: from on-the-ground direct reports including refugee surveys to online and social media monitorings. Each data item is associated with a contributor and a location mentioning the sources. In order to guarantee data protection, contributors can remain anonymous.
The Data Hub is an open platform to bring organisations and displaced persons together to protect the rights of the displaced and curate digital solutions that better displaced lives including best practice for local implementation.
Providing free and open access to the data collected is key for displaced persons to voice out their challenges to a wide public audience in raising awareness for collective solution finding through and exchange on best practices.
Techfugees places the voice of the displaced persons at the heart of everything its global community does.
The Live Sessions are a series of online public focus groups providing a real-stage for displaced persons to share insights on regional and local challenges and explore how innovative digital technology solutions are currently tackling those challenges.
Prior Live Sessions recordings are available on Techfugees youtube channel.
As the data grows bigger and because it is important for us at Techfugees, to listen to displaced persons and take into consideration their situation and experiences, we launched Techfugees Live Sessions! A series of online bi-monthly talks that provides regional and local updates on how communities are coping with the situation and on what tech solutions are currently being used by these communities. You can find them all below and on youtube.