9.5 Million PeopleDisplaceD in Kenya
43 Relief AgenciesWorking on the Ground
ConnectivityEstablished in Dadaab
When refugees started flooding Dadaab, Kenya to escape intense famine, drought, and armed conflict in East Africa, no one could have imagined just how massive the refugee center would grow to be. Hundreds of thousands have fled to Dadaab, making the UNHCR-run refugee camp the fourth largest population center in Kenya as of May, 2015. Today, the camp complex hosts three generations of refugees. Dadaab is their home.
A sparse area, Dadaab had little to offer as far as communication, digital access, and education until 2012 when NetHope, Cisco, Microsoft, Inveneo, and USAID implemented a large-scale high-speed broadband network. DadaabNet connects refugees to each other and the outside world, and has become the established tool for NGO collaboration among the 43 agencies in the camp. With a reliable Internet connection, people living and working inside the Dadaab camp are now able to learn basic ICT skills, utilize email and social media accounts to connect with friends and loved ones, access online education, and get news updates from their home countries. In Dadaab, Internet access means hope for thousands.
DadaabNet has enabled 23 local relief agencies to collaborate, share information, and deliver aid more effectively.
Photo credit: Oxfam
Women and children at the Dadaab Refugee Camp.
I am a single mother. With the use of the Internet, I hope that my son will be able to learn skills and knowledge to be successful.Hassan, Dadaab Refugeehttps://www.usaid.gov/news-information/frontlines/energy-infrastructure/dadaabnet-wiring-worlds-largest-refugee-camp