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Establishing an ecosystem for accelerating technologies to promote peace and security in conflict countries

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Protecting the futures of children affected by conflict

Of the 35 countries on the World Bank’s Harmonized List of Fragile Situations, 10 are located in the Arab World. This means there are as many as 17 million Arab children out of school - up to 20% of the region’s total school-age population. Helping children affected by conflict requires an immediate, coordinated response. To enable generational transformation, we were asked to design a tech-driven educational ecosystem for conflict management and peacebuilding.

Identifying ecosystem gaps

Our preliminary global benchmarking analysis of similar-objective institutions found that there were no existing entities which could credibly fill the specific needs of the ecosystem:

  • Creating a streamlined funding nexus and rapid deployment venue for technology-focused social ventures
  • Cultivating interdisciplinary academic strategies to develop humanitarian leaders and technologies
  • Linking activities to regional development assistance priorities, global humanitarian goals, and the UN Sustainable Development targets

Defining priority use cases, technologies, and countries

We identified key technologies and use cases that could be deployed in Arab countries based on their unique humanitarian priorities. Leveraging a conflict analysis framework, we mapped the needs of countries based on conflict levels, infrastructure development, and political and economic reform to build recommendations. For example, in countries with active conflict, the application of drone technology to manage supply chain logistics and establish early warning systems could transform humanitarian assistance.

Mobilizing funding and partnerships

The incentives for developing conflict and post-conflict technologies and services are not always direct. There is a clear need for such humanitarian applications of new technologies and their global adoption and support by governments and international organizations. We developed a 5-year operating budget and implementation roadmap to facilitate institutional engagement with potential funders and partners.


Significant funding and global support were raised for implementing the vision and back the establishment of a humanitarian technology fund and soft-landing program to attract promising humanitarian enterprises. The initiative offers grants for development, testing, and scaling as well as a mentorship-driven acceleration program with opportunities to establish MoUs and commercial agreements to deliver funded pilot projects. Plans to evolve the accelerator will involve the launch of an R&D and patent harvesting program and an exhibition and testing center.