Zain Group has published a report entitled “Connecting Separated Families: Providing Hope Through Connectivity”, which accounts the potential of a collaborative approach to use technology to empower and liberate displaced people.
The report, available in both Arabic and English, was undertaken in collaboration with Refugees United (REFUNITE) and Ericsson.
The case study-based report is focused on Jordan, South Sudan and Iraq. Internally displaced people (IDPs) and refugees often face dire socio-economic circumstances and are unable to obtain essential information necessary for their livelihoods and well-being, and are generally do not have access to basic necessary services.
Scott Gegenheimer, Zain Group CEO, said: “At a time when conflict has risen to an all-time high with devastating consequences, it is important that Zain as a leading regional telecom provider undertakes initiatives that are grounded in multi-stakeholder partnerships rooted in technology. This sets the foundation of improving societies from the ground up.” He continued, “The publication of our latest report in this area, sheds light on the problems, and tragedies that exist, and our joint efforts with REFUNITE and Ericsson to alleviate them.”
Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, vice president sustainability and corporate responsibility at Ericsson, said: “The Family Reconnection Project has the power to transform the nature of family reconnection for generations to come. It is an example of how mobile technology can be a force for lasting positive change.”
Christopher Mikkelsen, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of REFUNITE, said: "Everyone has the right to know where their family is. Through this partnership we'll be able to inform and assist tens of thousands of displaced people in their search for missing loved ones."
Jennifer Suleiman, Zain Group’s head of corporate sustainability and social responsibility, said: “The study is part of Zain’s commitment to undertake research that explores the potential of technology to assist and empower individuals around the world. We are keen to share the experiences and findings in our latest report with the public in order to highlight the plight of displaced communities in Jordan, South Sudan, and Iraq. There are more than 622,000 registered Syrian refugees in Jordan, 1.35 million internally displaced people in South Sudan, and 1.9 million internally displaced people in Iraq, and behind every one of these statistics is a real human story.”