By Khalid Fellahi Today, the measure of digital innovation success lies not in the scale of – and mere access to – digital technology, but in how these tools raise global financial health and, by extension, promote positive social change. The world’s migrants and refugees are one of the largest participant groups in the global economy and, as such, digital innovation has never been more important for their life and wellbeing. From an economic perspective, the World Bank estimated that migrants ...Read more
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Elizabeth Roscoe, Executive Director, Western Union Foundation On this World Refugee Day, I want to share the story of Abdulazez*, who was forced to leave his home in Syria with his family. They ended up in a refugee camp in Greece with thousands of other people, living in tents through the heat and the cold, waiting in long lines for food and not knowing what the future would bring. But despite these harsh conditions, Abdulazez says that smiles and ...Read more
Research indicates need to integrate access to goods, services and finances in digital format Purchase, NY and Englewood, CO – June 20, 2017 – With more than 65 million people around the world currently displaced from their homes due to political conflict and natural disasters, there is a growing need to find better ways for refugees to achieve self-sufficiency and become economic engines in their host countries. On World Refugee Day, Mastercard and Western Union announced a collaboration to explore the development of a digital ...Read more
By Elizabeth Roscoe Around the world, Western Union employees and NGOs have helped us stand #withrefugees – to empower them through education and job training. This month, in recognition of Immigrant Heritage Month and World Refugee Day, we are on a mission to give refugees a voice – to share with the world that these global citizens are so much more than their current circumstances. To do this, the Western Union Foundation has launched the #IAmMore Challenge, a new social media-based awareness ...Read more
By Jean-Claude Farah On the 2nd of May, I represented the Western Union Foundation as a Director of the WU Foundation Board, on a visit to the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) centers in Northern Uganda. Together, with Forest Whitaker, CEO WPDI, I was introduced to several programs. It was an incredibly moving experience to be among so many people who have lived through extreme conflict and are now rebuilding their lives. The day started when WPDI CEO Forest ...Read more
21.3 million people around the world are classified as refugees. Uprooted by violence, war, and persecution, many of these individuals struggle everyday in the hopes to find safety and stability. Being forcibly displaced disrupts refugees’ access to food, water, shelter, healthcare, education, employment, freedom, family and loved ones. Everyone can do something to help refugees rebuild their lives. Check out 7 ways you can do your part below. 1. Become educated The more informed you are about the crisis, the better you can ...Read more
Blog by Anette Trulsson Corda, a WU employee based in Paris, France. Ever asked yourself what can I do to stand with refugees? It can seem overwhelming… where to start, what to do. But I’m convinced that whilst no one can help all, everyone can do something. My something started when I signed up for a volunteering activity in Paris last summer, attending a refugee welcome picnic with my daughter. We met Hura and Mehdi, who had just recently ...Read more
Since its inception, the Western Union Foundation has strived to create opportunity for refugees and immigrants through grants that support education, skills training, language classes and more. Through our partnership with NGOs, the Foundation is proud to support individuals and communities seeking economic opportunity. Here are a few ways that the Western Union Foundation has been Standing #WithRefugees and immigrants throughout the yearsRead more
We have all been touched by the images and stories of refugees who have been displaced from their homes across the globe. At Western Union, we are on a mission to help and believe that access to quality education will be a critical cornerstone to the long-term resolution of this global crisis. That’s why Western Union has expanded redemption offers for the My WU® rewards program, to empower its members to redeem1 points towards a donation in support of ...Read more
Monday Collins life story is one that is familiar to the Trainers at the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) in northern Uganda. As a former child soldier, he says that his “life story was not a good one to tell”. WPDI helped Monday to rebuild his life after escaping and returning to his community. WPDI helped him discover his talent as an artist and turn it into a business opportunity. Today, Monday creates art and designs bracelets, necklaces and ...Read more