Innovation at IRC: 'What can we do to make the sector better?'

Ravi Gurumurthy, chief innovation officer at the International Rescue Committee. Photo by: IRC

SAN FRANCISCO — Staff at the Airbel Center, the research and development arm of the International Rescue Committee, worked with experts in machine learning at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, to develop an algorithm that would better match refugees with jobs in the locations where they were placed.

“Initially, my thought was: ‘This is going to be a marginal improvement,’” said Ravi Gurumurthy, chief innovation officer at humanitarian response organization IRC.

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