Invitation – Migration and Displacement: Exploring Tech Solutions for Children on the Move

Exploring digital technology solutions for children and youth ‘on the move’
Thursday 23 May 2019, 12.00-17.00, UN City Copenhagen

Approximately 36 million of the world’s displaced people are children – a number that has doubled within the past decade. The rise in child displacement worldwide is occurring across a rapidly-changing technological landscape. Children and youth will continue to be the most likely displaced and the most disproportionately impacted by crisis unless innovate initiatives are designed to support forcibly displaced children and their families.

Humanitarian actors are increasingly turning to new digital technologies and innovations like blockchain, biometric-verification devices, predictive analytics and remote sensing to engage with displaced populations on the move. Harnessing the power of the digital revolution represents a massive opportunity for humanitarian and development actors to broaden an understanding of the risks and challenges faced by children on the move.

This seminar brings together innovators, digital technology experts, humanitarian aid practitioners and academics to take stock of the current technological developments for children and youth on the move. We invite participants to join a critical reflection on the ethics, impact and evidence of existing and emerging digital technologies to address challenges of providing mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) and providing quality education for displaced children and youth. Participants will explore both the opportunities and limits of digital technological innovations to address the rights and needs of children and youth on the move.


11.45 – 12.00 Security and registration into UN City

12.00 – 12.30 Sandwich lunch

12.30 – 12.35 Welcome and introduction to the panellists and topics.
12.35 – 12.50 Panel presenter 1: The global situation for children and youth on the move
12.50 – 13.15 Panel presenter 2: Promising technologies for populations on the move: presentation of findings and recommendations from MDI report and Save the Children’s broader displacement innovation agenda
13.15 – 13.30 Panel presenter 3: Exploring ethics, rights and child safeguarding

13.30 – 13.45 Q&A

13.45 – 14.00 Technology applied to programming for children and youth on the move – co-creation challenges and opportunities

14.00 – 14.30 Coffee and cake break

14.30 – 15.00 Introduction to workshops
The specific challenges for mental health and psychosocial support programming for children and youth on the move.
The specific challenges for applying technology in education programming for children and youth on the move.

15.00 – 16.00 Workshops: exploring opportunities and challenges for digital technology solutions to address the rights and needs of children and youth on the move

16.00 – 16.50 Presentation of findings and Q&A

16.50 – 17.00 Closure and networking

Practical information

This seminar will be held in English.

Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration and sign up no later than 21 May 2019 at 12.00.

Participants must bring a photo ID and go through security to get access to the UN City. Names used during registration will be shared with UN City for security reasons.