Refugees and migrants at the port of Piraeus, near Athens on May 4, 2020. — Copyright AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris

The global COVID-19 pandemic has further threatened the lives of one of the world’s most vulnerable populations: the estimated 70 million people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. It’s also highlighted how refugees are often excluded from the essential services afforded to citizens with more stability.

According to the World Health Organization, 86% of the world’s refugees live in developing countries. Most lower-income countries lack the kind of robust universal health care to care for their own citizens, let alone displaced citizens from other nations. That means that most refugees living in big cities in developing countries have…


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All over the world, countries are dealing with overburdened, resource-constrained, and highly fragmented public healthcare systems. The huge number of COVID-19 cases seen over the past few months has highlighted gaps in these systems, and raised questions about how to coordinate more effective responses. Inequalities in healthcare systems that predated the global pandemic have been exacerbated, leaving vulnerable populations in danger of suffering greater morbidity and mortality rates. This is especially true in emerging market countries, which are beginning to see a significant increase in COVID-19 cases.

A lack of reliable data on real-time community transmission rates, coupled with capacity…


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The spread of COVID-19 has grown exponentially in numerous countries over the past few days, accelerating the need for smart solutions to the problems caused by this global pandemic. At Emerge, we are working with our partner Penta Network on multiple fronts to tackle these major challenges.

We’re deploying our supply chain solution, Theseus, to tackle heightened demand for medical supplies and medications.

The wave of COVID-19 cases slamming hospitals has caused shortages in ventilators, as well as face masks, surgical masks, surgical gowns, and surgical gloves. Though scientists haven’t yet discovered any medications or vaccines that are proven safe…


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More than 350,000 people have tested positive for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus around the world, with confirmed positives surging as testing becomes more widespread. More than 15,000 people have died due to complications from the virus.

If there’s one set of numbers that’s almost as closely watched as COVID’s infections and deaths, it’s the dwindling number of medical supplies available to doctors. The wave of COVID cases slamming hospitals has caused shortages in ventilators, face masks, surgical masks, surgical gowns, and surgical gloves. …


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There are two widely accepted ways to define poverty.

One is called relative poverty, in which a person falls well behind the income of others living in the same country.

The other is absolute poverty (also called extreme poverty), which is an inability to attain a specified global standard of income. Every few years, the World Bank adjusts the international poverty line to reflect global inflation. In 2020 dollars, the current standard for absolute poverty is an income of less than $2.23 per day.

The good news is that the global rate of absolute poverty has dropped from more than…


Apples from our first Theseus implementation in the Americas in early 2019.

Of all the forces fighting global food waste, one of the most surprising is a 90-year-old Italian chef named Dino Impagliazzo. For years, Impagliazzo has combined his culinary skills with surplus food from markets in Rome to feed 800 hungry people a week. Watch this video and you’ll grow to appreciate the good deeds of this good samaritan.

The efforts of Impagliazzo, as well as celebrity chefs like Massimo Bottura and Charles Michel, and José Andrés, are wholly welcome in the fight against food waste, and the battle to feed the hungry. …


The coronavirus that started in Wuhan, China late last year has claimed more than 700 lives and infected more than 35,000 people. As if this full-blown global health emergency weren’t scary enough, there’s another matter making the situation even worse: a tidal wave of misinformation washing over social media.

As Bloomberg recently reported, coronavirus falsehoods have ranged from racist to absurd and potentially lethal. Twitter has become a home for racist memes vilifying people of Chinese origin and even Asians of different lineage. Meanwhile, there are conspiracy theorists on Reddit claiming that drinking bleach could protect against the virus, or…


Innovation. The world thrives on it. Silicon Valley was built on it. It’s meant to drive progress, and make people’s lives immeasurably better.

The problem with innovation is that we place far too much attention on what we build, and not nearly enough on how we build it. By following the same patterns we have for decades, we exclude billions of people around the world from the benefits of technological innovation.

The rise of artificial intelligence offers a prime example of that kind of exclusion.

The developers of emerging technologies tend to be white, often based in the United States…


Theseus Implementation in Colombia

Oh hello there! We’ve been so busy, we haven’t updated you on our progress in a while. But hey, it’s a new year, so we’re ready to tell you everything that’s going on at Emerge, and what lies ahead.

To understand all that we’re doing, let us tell you a little bit about who we are.

Emerge is an award-winning humanitarian solutions development lab advancing the targets set out by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. We leverage cutting-edge technology to solve some of the world’s most challenging and intricate puzzles.

For example, Homeward applies digital identification and labour-based intelligent…


February 20, 2019

February 20, 2019 (Los Angeles, California): Emerge and the Penta Network, in collaboration with Torch, announced the launch of Trusted Voices, a blockchain-based platform to champion increased transparency in the media. Trustedvoices.io brings source and content material traceability to news consumers as it is shared across different media platforms.

As part of a pioneering “Blockchain for Good” initiative, Penta Co-Founder and CTO, Steve Melnikoff wants to connect media consumers directly with the people whose unique experiences are the foundations of the stories we see and hear in the news. “Verified source material can empower individuals and communities…

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