Author: Liz Vickers Liz Vickers has been working exclusively on freelance platforms since 2011. She’s worked consultatively with many partners helping them to mobilize populations online – including refugee camps, Veterans organizations, and African & Middle Eastern geographies where limited economic opportunity exists. She currently volunteers mentoring talent in Kakuma refugee camp one-on-one and is […]
Friday, 12 June saw a panel of researchers and practitioners discuss remote work for refugees in a meeting hosted by The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement at Cambridge University. Philip Rushworth covers some of the key themes that came up. Covid-19 and the onset of lockdown around the world has revealed […]
What is the ‘hidden’ labour of platform workers, how can we learn about it, and why is it important? In this guest blog, Dr Wifak Gueddana reflects on these questions and introduces her pioneering research project. Platforms have been a key subject of publications over the past decades with a few unicorns that have […]
What is the role of digital microwork in providing employment opportunities for forcibly displaced people? In this guest blog post, Giselle Gonzales reflects on her research to explore this question. The world now faces the highest number of forcibly displaced people (FDPs hereafter) ever recorded. A lack of economic opportunity has been identified as […]
Many obstacles exist to making remote work a livelihood opportunity for refugees, in this post Lorraine Charles reflects on what her organisation, Na’amal, is doing to address these challenges. Employment provides refugees the ability to access a dignified livelihood. Essentially, livelihood activities are important because they allow individuals to build functioning social networks based […]
Guest blog by: Karina Grosheva What is Taqadam? TaQadam is a technology startup that aims to democratise Geo-Analytics and computer vision by applying mobile work in machine learning data labelling. Taqadam works with an inclusive model hiring vulnerable youth and refugees to perform tagging, mapping, and image annotation. Taqadam believes that AI won’t […]
Building on a workshop held in 2019 at the University of Edinburgh, we have now published a full draft report on the challenges and opportunities in current approaches to facilitate digital work and education among refugees. For a write-up of the vibrant discussions and presentations from the workshop, please have a look at the report […]
Through an ongoing collaboration with the Migration Branch of the International Labour Organization, I was invited to give a seminar at the ILO headquarters in Geneva. The main goal of the seminar was to share a first outline of the project in order to make its outcomes more relevant for the ILO and key actors in the future of work.