The Role of Technology in Addressing the Global Migration Crisis

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 3:00 PM to Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:00 PM
Berkeley, United States
Private Event: Workshop
Jun 5
WRC technology workshop
WRC technology workshop

Participation in this event is by invitation only


Innovations in technology offer exciting ways of improving operational response to refugee crises, improving the distribution of humanitarian relief, and allow refugees to share vital information with each other more easily than ever before. Technological advancements also increase the possibility of creating more participatory forms of governance, imagining new models of responsibility sharing and of developing more transparent systems of accountability.

Hosted by the Centre of International Governance Innovation (CIGI), in partnership with the Aspen Ministers Forum, this event offers a unique opportunity to bring together policymakers, private sector leaders, civil society, and technology innovators, executives and financers to drive impact focused solutions to transform the existing global refugee system and its inadequacies.


The World Refugee Council is currently developing bold recommendations to transform the existing refugee system. To support their work, this workshop will focus on questions framing what role technology can play in reforming the current global refugee system, such as:

  • How technology can increase transparency and accountability?
  • How can affected populations be included in the development of technologies and solutions that are targeted towards them?
  • How can technology be used to facilitate greater responsibility sharing?
  • How can technology assist in mobilizing new sources of funds and improving the efficiency of existing funding?