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We are in the midst of the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Over 68 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. Among them are 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are children. After safety, shelter, food, and internet connectivity (to send and receive information), education is one of the highest priorities in refugee communities. Yet, refugee children and youth are five times more likely to be out of school than non-refugee children.
Reaching conflict-affected children and youth with the support they need is complex and long-term work. It requires a collaborative, evidence-based, cross-sector approach and innovative solutions that deliver at-scale, long-term impact. The private sector brings a unique combination of expertise and resources critical for meeting the urgent and ongoing needs of children and youth affected by the refugee crisis.
At the March 2017 No Lost Generation Tech Summit, No Lost Generation and NetHope came together, with support from Microsoft, to establish the No Lost Generation (NLG) Tech Task Force to facilitate collaboration between the humanitarian sector and the private sector, with the focus on ICT-enabled, evidence-based programs for children and youth.
The Task Force brings humanitarian and development experts together with the private sector to identify the highest impact opportunities to address education, livelihoods, participation, and protection needs of displaced children and youth.
The NLG Tech Task Force focuses on:
The NLG Tech Task Force is open to all global and local NGOs, private sector companies, academic institutions, entrepreneurs, and host governments.
The first phase of engagement is underway. We are building a cross-sector community through the exchange of information around existing programs and tech solutions, sharing past and current efforts, and initiating new collaborations to achieve greater reach and impact.
Katy Barnett, No Lost Generation Advisor at UNICEF, meets with tech partners from the private sector.
In the private sector, there are a number of resources and expertise that can be activated to help develop solutions that meet the unique needs of millions of displaced youth. And, many employees are eager to contribute their time and energy to have a positive impact.Ross Smith from Microsoft, working with Norwegian Refugee Council on Chatbot project