Innovation and technology are redefining the world, changing how things work. It helps overcome global issues in ways nobody could have imagined a decade or two ago.

Some technologies in the commercial space include Sign Aloud for converting sign language to speech; Smog Free Tower for air purification in cities; AI-based Shelley for collaborative Horror writing; and Sophia, a robot granted Saudi Arabian citizenship.


Commercial Space

Host communities, refugees, and the public, third and private sectors have a role in funding, creating and deploying innovative solutions for refugee assistance. There’s also need for long-term commitment and resources to support sustainable humanitarian innovation.

Bureabucrazy App

Syrian refugees developed it to assist new refugee arrivals to better negotiate the German bureaucracy.


volunteers developed it to help refugees in transit along the Balkan route.


Technology is also redefining the humanitarian world, helping solve various issues worldwide. It’s changing how organizations handle issues, including global poverty, refugee crisis, health, and even education.

Iris scanning technology

UNHCR and UN Refugee Agency have partnered to assist Syrian refugees in Jordan to get cash safely and easily through ATMs.

Refugee-led development

gives refugee children in Uganda access to a child-friendly and engaging protection process.

Getting Involved

Technology is supporting humanitarian assistance in many ways. It’s helping organizations that offer relief aid to develop innovative, tech-based solutions. They’re also changing their approach to more tech-savvy solutions that can help the 65.6 million displaced persons and 22.5 million refugees worldwide.

Refugee shelter designs

IKEA Foundation and UNHCR to offer simple and adaptable designs.

Inflatable baby incubators

a British undergraduate developed the incubators to help pre-term babies born in refugee camps.

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