Kiva Refugee Fund

Last month, Kiva, launched the World Refugee Fund to support lending to refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and host communities. Kiva launched the Fund because it believes there is a growing and long-term need among refugees and host communities to access financial services and jobs. Yet, few traditional financial service providers are serving refugees, leaving them with […]

Social Entrepreneurs: Refugees Helping Refugees

The experience of refugees and migrants not being able to find work in fields where they had trained, studied or worked before, is the motivating factor to assist others in the same situation. In supporting others to get into the labour market, they are creating a new framework for overcoming bureaucratic and legal challenges. Learn […]

Small Changes Make Big Differences

MSF’s hospital in Amman is a relatively modern building with a stable supply of electricity from the grid, but its patient roster is growing with the war in Syria, which has displaced 6 in 10 people from the country. The facility needed to power more reconstructive surgeries and long-term recoveries and was hosting an average […]

The Need to Collaborate

Big aid organisations must be prepared to challenge their vested interests and the growing competition for funds and change their structures over the next 15 years, or they will not survive, says the analysis by a consortium of institutions and aid groups. The shift in power and resources from the northern hemisphere to the global […]

Searching for Asia-Pacific’s Most Innovative Businesses

An initiative of Australia’s DFAT iXc, and delivered by SecondMuse, Frontier Innovators, is a search for innovative businesses from across the Asia-Pacific that are delivering impact through their work.  Whether you are an established business, a growing startup, or a social venture with a business model, if your work benefits people in the Asia-Pacific, Frontier Innovators wants to […]

Solar-Powered Refugee Camp

A group of about 20,000 Syrian refugees living outdoors have access to electricity thanks to a newly constructed solar plant in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan. It’s the first and only fully solar-powered refugee camp in the world.  UNHCR built the 2-megawatt solar photovoltaic plant farm in collaboration with the IKEA Foundation’s Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign. […]

Ioannina Community Centre FabLab

In the context of the migration crisis in Europe, many refugees are nowadays blocked in camps or towns in Greece for an indeterminate length of time and with few future perspectives. Young people are often full of energy and enthusiasm, but they lack the opportunity to make use of it. Terre des hommes has therefore decided to […]

Food Computers in Jordan

In Early in 2017, the World Food Programme’s Innovation Accelerator teamed up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg) to send ten high-tech Food Computers to Jordan. It’s an unconventional project with a very real ambition; to help design a healthy, next-gen food system that provides nutritious food in […]

Digital Farming Africa

The world population will reach 9.1 billion by 2050. For Africa, which is projected to be home to about 2 billion of these global citizens, farm productivity must accelerate at a faster rate than the global average to avoid continued mass hunger. Fortunately, digital technology is providing a solution. Read via Harvard Business Review