We are in the midst of the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are children and youth.
Lack of access to education, employment, and participation opportunities is creating a bleak future for a generation of youth. Helping displaced children and youth find a sense of purpose and a path to a better future is critical for their individual futures, their home countries and our well-being as a global community.
U.N. agencies, international and national NGOs, and local-level groups are all responding as best they can, but the overall number of children out of school remains high. Reaching children and young people with the support they need is complex and long-term work. It requires innovative solutions and a collaborative, cross-sector approach which builds on local capacity and expertise while at the same time achieving at-scale, long-term solutions.
No Lost Generation (NLG) Tech Task Force was set up by NetHope and the No Lost Generation (NLG) initiative to facilitate collaboration between the humanitarian sector and the private sector, with the focus on ICT-enabled, evidence-based programs for refugee children and youth, by:.
- Establishing collaborative information exchanges around refugee and IDP education, livelihoods, and protection, starting with the needs of refugee children and youth
- Partnering with private sector companies to address expertise, resource, and funding needs
- Facilitating project-based collaborations and programs to address the needs of refugee children and youth
- Identifying critical processes for activating and harnessing private sector resources and expertise in refugee settings
- Evaluating the utilization of technology to meet the needs of refugee children and youth
- Synthesizing group insights into learnings & recommendations (digital format, in-person workshops) with the focus on the role that technology tools and services can play in enabling scale and increasing quality
NLG Tech Task Force is part of a broader NoLostGeneration initiative that was launched by partners in 2013 to focus attention on the plight of children affected by the Syrian crisis. The initiative puts education, youth and adolescents, and child protection at the center of the response inside Syria and across the five refugee hosting countries (Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt).
The NLG Tech Task Force is open to all global and local NGOs, private sector companies, academic institutions, and host governments. Sign up here.
Currently, over 50 organizations have joined the NLG Tech Task Force. Members include:
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You can find resources and information from previous meetings, newsletters, and webinars in the NLG Tech Task Force Box folder:
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Photo Description: Syrian and Lebanese students sit together in classes at the Mohammed Shamel mixed Elementary public school in Tariq el Jdideh, Beirut, Lebanon.
Photo credit: Adam Patterson/Panos/DFID