As part of IOM Guatemala’s pilot programme, Migrants in Countries in Crisis Initiative, a special mobile application was developed and deployed for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to provide consular services and assistance to migrants in the event of a crisis. This cutting-edge software can be installed in cellphones and other mobile devices, and enables direct contact between migrants and Guatemalan consular agents.
Adapting to technology is just as important as technology itself. For every organization that celebrates technology as a means for efficiency and productivity, it is imperative to always be prepared for the continuing wave of technological advances and changes. In this regard, it remains true that technology has created great platforms for internal and external communication which have enhanced collaboration within organizations and with external stakeholders.
The AVRR Online application is a fully functional web-based platform created for a variety of stakeholders involved in the Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme managed by Fedasil, a Belgian federal agency responsible for the reception of asylum seekers. The tool replaces a long-standing paper-flow process by making electronic submission and management of return and reintegration applications possible.
The Resettlement Support Center (RSC) in IOM Amman, Jordan, is committed to adapt to the rapidly changing technological landscape – as it leverages ICT solutions that enable collaboration and mobility between its internal and external stakeholders.
It feels like yesterday, when having a browser – to connect and to collaborate, was the most exciting thing. And yet here we are today, in the so-called fourth industrial revolution, where mobile technology is driving businesses. It is driving the way we connect, interact, and socialize.
In 2017, we want to make it the year where we bring mobile technology to IOM. This will allow the Organization, migrants, and governments to interact, exchange, and acquire knowledge on migration through mobile technology.