Western Union Chief Executive Officer Hikmet Ersek, Chief Compliance Officer and WU Foundation Board Chair Jacqueline Molnar, and Western Union Chief of Staff to the CEO Nicole Vogrin, visited the Kiryandongo refugee settlement in Uganda in December to see firsthand the work of the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI), a Western Union Foundation beneficiary. The visit culminated in the graduation of WPDI’s first class of Trainers of Trainees (ToTs), who will become the leaders that bring WPDI’s ...Read more
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Recently, the One Young World summit took place in Bogota, Colombia – this gathering of 1,400 leaders and social entrepreneurs focused on educating on and solving key global issues such as peace, equality and human rights through the innovation of young leadership. Western Union sponsored 2 influential refugees to join their delegation of 9 employees. Mozamel, originally from Afghanistan, is making waves in Berlin founding tech startups focused on inclusion of refugees within the local employment & social economies. Eugene, originally from Myanmar, is ...Read more
At Western Union, we believe moving money for better means moving money for a better world – creating value for individuals, businesses and society. The Chain of Betters initiative has given people across the globe the opportunity to help create a better world. . Through this initiative, 10 projects nominated by the public in support of refugees were selected and funded with $1,000 each. 1. Majad & livestock for Aleppo Our first accomplishment began with Majad.Majad moved to Turkey from Syria with his family ...Read more
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
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, EVP, President, Global Payments 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 ...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