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Skype aids communications for remote UN refugee workers

Author: Antony Savvas, Computerworld UK, Published on: 12 December 2010

Humanitarian workers in the most remote parts of the world are being given a low-cost way to communicate with colleagues, friends and families as a result of a partnership between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Skype. Skype has developed a bespoke, low-bandwidth version of its software for deployment across 120 locations served by UNHCR staff members around the world. The UNHCR version of Skype will provide both free and low-cost voice and video calls over the internet, even when accessed through low connectivity networks. This will enable communications for humanitarian workers in some of the world’s most remote postings...Skype and UNHCR are also exploring the development of a communications system that will benefit refugees more directly. The system aims to allow refugees to reach family and friends across borders, and will also be used to facilitate protection operations, including repatriation, resettlement and family reunification.

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Related companies: Skype (part of Microsoft)