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No Lost Generation Silicon Valley Symposium

No Lost Generation Silicon Valley Symposium

Over one third of Syrian and Iraqi refugees are between 10 and 24 years old. These young people will build the future of the region, but they need our help to access education, earn a dignified livelihood, and rebuild their communities.

In partnership with NetHope and Microsoft, the No Lost Generation (NLG) initiative hosted a symposium in San Francisco, CA on September 12, 2017. We invited U.S.-based private-sector companies to partner with humanitarian agencies in creating a better future for refugee youth by activating their expertise, innovative solutions, and resources.

This invitation-only event highlighted some key challenges faced by the displaced youth and the humanitarian agencies responding to the Syria and Iraq refugee crises. These challenges are the starting point for new cross-sector collaborations that create solutions to help unlock the potential of the young people who want to be the architects of a peaceful and prosperous future.

NLG Silicon Valley Symposium Materials:


Four young people from Syria shared their personal stories through videos.

Forcibly displaced from their homes and countries, they spoke about the many challenges they face but also about their hopes for a better future.

Majeda Al Abiad, 24 and Bana Al-Saeed, 20 are Syrians displaced within Syria.

Hatem Mekawi, 24 is a refugee from Syria, currently living in Jordan.

Majd Abdullah, 22 is a refugee from Syria, currently living in Jordan.


Microsoft Philanthropies Together with our grantees, partners and employees around the world, we’re working to fulfill Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

No Lost Generation (NLG) is an interagency initiative of 28 agencies co-led by UNICEF, Mercy Corps, Save the Children and World Vision, focused on supporting children and youth affected by the Syria and Iraq crises.

NLG Tech Task Force connects private sector expertise and resources, such as technology, with the needs of refugee children and youth. We do that by facilitating cross-sector information sharing and project-based collaborations with NGOs, academic institutions, and private sector companies.

NetHope empowers committed organizations to change the world through the power of technology. NetHope, a consortium of 50-plus leading global nonprofits, unites with technology companies and funding partners to design, fund, implement, adapt and scale innnovative approaches to solve development, humanitarian, and conservation challenges. Together, the NetHope community strives to transform the world, building a platform of hope for those who receive aid, and those who deliver it.


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