Last week, the Innovation Norway Global Growth program focused on the humanitarian and development market visited Nairobi, Kenya. The program is a collaboration Innovation Norway’s Kenya office and the Business Partnership unit, and the goal of the fieldtrip was for the companies to gain a deeper understanding of peoples’ needs and to get an idea of how the innovation should be organized in the challenging humanitarian- and development market.
In May UN Women and Innovation Norway welcomed hackers, humanitarian workers, blockchain experts and innovators to a 36-hour hackathon on how blockchain technology can help give refugees a secure, digital identity.
Imagine waking up one day and realizing that the place you’ve called home all your life, is no longer safe. As millions of refugees and displaced people set out to find a new life across and within borders, they lack some of the most basic services and infrastructure that make daily life possible.