Reuniting families in Africa through a mobile platform

Refugees United’s helps to reconnect separated refugee families via an online web and mobile-enabled search tool.

Refugees United Platform

Refugees United, a non-profit that has developed the world’s first online, mobile phone-enabled tracing service to help reconnect individuals separated by war or natural disaster, announced today it had received a $3.8 million grant from IKEA Foundation. The two year partnership will enable Refugees United to scale up its service, which has already reunited dozens of individuals, most of whom have arrived in western cities.

The service, developed by the non-profit in partnership with telecommunications company Ericsson, has 50,000 registered users, mostly from Congo, Somalia and Sudan, but presently located in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. The grant from the IKEA Foundation will enable Refugees United to expand its activities with UNHCR and NGOs in the field, to encourage registrations in refugee camps and experiment with data-sharing.


  • The IKEA Foundation

    Netherlands | Staff size: 26-50

    IKEA Foundation (Stichting IKEA Foundation) is an independent charitable foundation that oversees IKEA’s global philanthropy. The Foundation resides in the Netherlands and their funds...

  • Refugees United (Refunite)

    Advocacy NGO
    Denmark | Staff size: 26-50

    Everyone has the right to know where their family is.

    This belief is at the core of REFUNITE, a nonprofit tech organization whose mission is to reconnect refugee families across the...

  • Omidyar Network

    Service Providers, Investment & Finance
    United States | Staff size: 101-250

    Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. Established in 2004 by eBay...

  • Ericsson

    Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    Ericsson's Fast Service Launch combines expertise in several areas to create efficient service delivery machinery to help you introduce new services faster and more profitably than ever before....

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Key Information

LocationEastern Africa, Central Africa, Congo, The Democratic Republic of, Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, Tanzania
  • Start Date 2012