Hi all, it’s Evan again with this month’s Philanthropy Spotlight.
This month was all about Refugees and Displaced Persons. Why? Because this past month was also World Refugee Day. Our world today has more refugees and displaced persons than at anytime in history. Below are a selection of stories we’ve been reading this month. We hope they are as informative to you as they were to us.
Forced displacement above 68m in 2017, new global deal on refugees critical
UNHCR,19 June 2018
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency said 68.5 million people were displaced as of the end of 2017. Among them were 16.2 million people who became displaced during 2017 itself, either for the first time or repeatedly – indicating a huge number of people on the move and equivalent to 44,500 people being displaced each day, or a person becoming displaced every two seconds.
We are at a watershed, where success in managing forced displacement globally requires a new and far more comprehensive approach so that countries and communities aren’t left dealing with this alone,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. But there is reason for some hope…
Smart Phones for Refugees: Tools for Survival, or Surveillance?
Using a phone or a smartphone has eventually become recognized as a matter of need rather than a luxury. What deserves public attention is that, along with this normalization, some European governments have taken an interest in how to make use of these devices and the digital traces of refugees (social media profiles, geo-tracking, etc).
Overall, these governmental and non-governmental initiatives compel us to rethink our common and often simplistic tech-enthusiasm. They should invite us to start a more critical debate about how to reduce the vulnerability of digital migrants. A serious reflection on the implications of tech-based humanitarian assistance cannot be limited only to questions of privacy and data protection. Of particular concern are the implications of a hybrid form of governance, where private companies, state authorities, NGOs and international organizations fail to understand the surveillance capabilities of digital devices or fail to set high standards of digital safeguards.
Global End of Childhood Report and Childhood Index
Save the Children, 2018
This is the second Global End of Childhood Report and Childhood Index from Save the Children.
The end of childhood takes many forms. It’s a little girl being told she can’t go to school because she was born a daughter, not a son. It’s a child never having enough to eat, struggling to make it through the day and being forced to work so his family can make ends meet. It’s the millions of children forced to grow up in war zones, living every day in fear for their lives with no hope for the future. Lost childhoods are a result of choices that exclude particular groups of children by design or neglect.