Refugees Open Ware (ROW)

A catalyst for moonshot humanitarian innovation.


CLUSTER: International cooperation projects

START DATE: January 2015

website

CONTACTS

http://www.row3d.org;

info@row3d.org


KEY WORDS
LAB, Venture, humanitarian innovation, social investment, technology-driven solutions
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Refugees Open Ware

whereAmman Giordania

who

PROMOTERS:
The Jordanians Dave Levin and Loay Malahmeh

BENEFICIARIES:
The projects are aimed mainly to communities in fragile and conflict-affected areas.

what

BENEFICIARY NEEDS:
Inclusive development, fulfilment of basic needs and opportunities to break out of a cycle of conflict, violence and poverty. Support, training and incubation for entrepreneurship.

SOLUTION:
The organisation works through two vehicles: ROW VENTURES, a for-profit impact investment fund, which invests in entrepreneurial solutions to conflict that feature humanitarian technology and innovation, and ROW LABS, which is a non-profit technical assistance vehicle that supports their investment portfolio and also the entire ecosystem for humanitarian innovation.
To catalyse investment in humanitarian innovation, ROW undertakes initiatives in the following four areas: physical & digital platforms for open innovation, technical and financial R&D, human capital development, thought leadership & advocacy.

why it is
interesting

ROW is an organisation originated in conflict-affected areas that accelerates development by investmenting in humanitarian technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

IMPACT:
They have invested in social initiatives that promote Job Creation and Entrepreneurship, Emergency Relief, STEAM Education (Science, Tech, Engineering,Arts, Math), Healthcare, Environment, Integration & Social Cohesion, and Refugee Camps As Fab Cities.