IPA Partner Network

Making change happen


Disruptive technology in conflict zones to improve human rights for both refugees and host communities

ROW (Refugee Open Ware) seeks to attenuate the immediate effects of conflict while driving long-term economic development, productivity growth, venture creation and employment generation. ROW is a humanitarian innovation consortium developing open hardware innovation ecosystems, fueled by co-creation between refugees, host communities, and the best global resources in the world.


IPA | switxboard and Refugee Open Ware (ROW) are two organizations having partnered  taking an entrepreneurial approach to humanitarian innovation through partnerships and advanced technology. IPA is a pioneer of open innovation in the humanitarian space, democratizing access to global knowhow and matching it with the needs of the disadvantaged. ROW is a global humanitarian innovation consortium, which leverages the democratization of production and advanced technology to improve basic needs provision in conflict-affected areas – technologies such as 3D printing, robotics, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, brain-computer interface and virtual reality.


Innovative architecture and social design concepts for humanitarian needs

More Than Shelters aims to create a humane habitat for refugees and residents of informal settlements and encourage those concerned to actively shape their own future. The objective is to create an individual home for people who have been forced into an emergency situation and give them the opportunity to help themselves – for a dignified life, even in situations of crisis.


A tech community response to the European refugee crisis

Techfugees was created as a tech community response to the European refugee crisis, involving a network of concerned individuals and organizations. They act as the conduit to tech companies, investors, and NGOs – bridging the gap between the agility and innovation of tech sector to the expertise of ngo’s on the ground.



An arts initiative for children and youth involving children & youth in art and culture

CHILD OF PLAY promotes UN principles through educational and creative projects, and communicates human and ethical values through art. No matter what their living conditions may be, all children and young people in this world have the right and should have the opportunity to take part in cultural life, art and play – irreplaceable tools for promoting the healthy spiritual development of every child.


A project for peace and reconstruction in Syria

The Habesha Project is a neutral, not-for-profit, non-political, and non-faith based international Mexican-led humanitarian initiative. It makes it possible for Syrian students, who have fled the conflict, to travel to Mexico to pursue higher education. The Habesha Project proposes a model that views Syrian students as an asset and opportunity to promote an intercultural dialogue that fosters an international culture of peace.


SPARK’s mission is to develop entrepreneurship and higher education so that young ambitious people are empowered to lead their post-conflict societies into prosperity. SPARK works closely with a range of local partners including chambers of commerce, universities, vocational schools, governments (both local and foreign), business institutions and civil society organisations to build cooperative, locally sustainable networks of support for promising entrepreneurs.


An independent, international think tank

The International Peace Institute (IPI) is an independent, international not-for-profit think tank dedicated to managing risk and building resilience to promote peace, security, and sustainable development. With staff from more than twenty countries and a broad range of academic fields, IPI has offices facing UN headquarters in New York and offices in Vienna and Manama.


The largest network of social entrepreneurs putting their system changing ideas into practice on a global scale

Ashoka has provided start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to a global network across the business and social sectors, and a platform for people dedicated to changing the world. Ashoka launched the field of social entrepreneurship and has activated multi-sector partners across the world who increasingly look to entrepreneurial talent and new ideas to solve social problems. With nearly 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries.

Agency for Economic Cooperation and Development

The Austrian platform for the economy and the public administration.

The Agency for Economic Cooperation and Developement promotes sustainable international relations, advises donor institutions as well as beneficiaries and is recognized partner for the implementation of internationals projects.


Helping refugees arrive at their destination safely

Refugees on Planes or ROP is a consortium of international NGOs and civil society set-up to provide efficient and immediate humanitarian protection to refugees affected by war in the Middle East and Turkey. The long-term aim is to stop illegal migration over time- that puts lives at risk- and replace it with a controlled and safe movement of refugees to Europe by plane.


Providing remote management solutions to humanitarian and development organizations

in 14 countries. It has helped dozens of organizations adopt technology and adapt processes to ensure that their response in difficult to access areas is based on evidence.


Refugee cities present a pragmatic and feasible next-step solution to the problem refugees face.

Refugee cities offer refugees the opportunity to develop their potential in a defined space now, while displaced, and in the midst of the political standstills over nationwide integration efforts rather than waiting to see if will be allowed to work anywhere,


The core focus to help companies set up the right product configuration space brought cyLEDGE worldwide recognition.

cyLEDGE is Austria’s leading research-driven digital agency.
It has created the world’s largest knowledge platform for digital interaction design, the Configurator Database, which contains now more than 1000 different online product configurators. We made it to our mission to understand the mechanisms behind these interactive tools.

Configurator Knowledge, Scientific Research, Social Media, IT Innovations, Creativitiy, Strategy & Concept, Usability & Content Analysis

Most specifically we would like to express our gratitude to our digital partner cyLEDGE Media for their pro bono support.


“Rebooting the lives of refugees // Freedom through Knowledge”

RBK operates within Jordan to offer intensive computer science training to refugees.

RBK’s curriculum includes training in technical and soft skills – leadership, team building, creative problem solving, collaboration methods and ethics. RBK focuses on high-demand skills in the tech world – the latest web programming languages of Javascript and HTML/CSS, as well as graphic design software, such as Photoshop.

The boot camps will be hosted inside of a facility called a “ZatLAB”, which will be of a portable, durable, and comfortable learning environment that contains an ample supply of laptop computers and other tech equipment.

Iraq Re:Coded

Technology and entrepreneurship to catalyze social change

Re:Coded uses a program adapted from The Flatiron School’s Web Development Immersive to train refugees and displaced youth in Iraq in web and mobile development.

The program offers 8 weeks of English language training, followed by 22 weeks of intensive skills training. Three months into the program, fellows are able to work with Re:Coded private sector partners to generate a living wage.