Global Conversations: Frontlines during Covid-19. Technology, remote work and sustainable livelihood
There is an urgent need for scalable, sustainable and replicable models of job creation for refugees, and technology has the potential to provide this. Yet, this potential has not been fully realised for refugees. The current disruption to employment cased by COVID-19, forcing many to work from home, has emphasized the potential for some work to be done remotely, via technology. It has also tested companies’ ability to quickly adapt and reconceptualise the way they work. As many companies now realise that their employees can work anywhere, from home, from a cafe or even from a refugee camp, this has presented an opportunity for refugees. Digital livelihoods do not always need high technical skills, there is a range of work that can be done this way and it is worth exploring these issues for refugees.
Lorraine Charles, our Averroes alumnia will be speaking at this Global Conversations, on Friday June 12th 2020.
Lorraine Charles is a Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. She is also Project Affiliate for Refugeework.net, a research project at the University of Edinburgh, which conducts research on digital livelihoods for refugees. She is co-founder and director of Na’amal. Na’amal is a UK registered social enterprise that facilitates the transition of refugees and vulnerable populations to dignified remote work. Through Na’amal’s strategic partnerships with NGOs, the private sector, education institutions, foundations and international organisations, it aims to address the potential obstacles that these populations encounter in accessing dignified remote employment.
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