US Embassy Brings Together Tech Experts to Help Protect Nepali Migrant Workers

US Embassy Brings Together Tech Experts to Help Protect Nepali Migrant Workers

Sept. 2, 2015, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol.: 09, No. -5, August 28 2015 (Bhadra 11, 2072)

The U.S. Embassy is supporting TechCamp Nepal in Kathmandu to bring civil The U.S. Embassy is supporting TechCamp Nepal in Kathmandu to bring civil society organizations working on migration and trafficking issues together with local and international technology experts to find low-cost, easy-to-implement technology solutions that help Nepali migrant workers. 

Participants in the three-day event include the Microsoft Innovation Center, Facebook/Internet.org, businesses and entrepreneurs, civil society groups, and government representatives from the United States, Nepal, and Qatar.  Migrant workers and the organizations that support them will also attend.

In preparation for TechCamp Nepal, partner organization Humanity United hosted a four-day migration learning tour across the country for a group of technology developers, designers, and Nepali entrepreneurs to understand challenges faced by Nepali migrant workers.  TechCamp Nepal participants will develop technology-based solutions to combat trafficking in persons by giving migrants access to information on fees, the basics of employment contracts, and relevant laws.  These tech solutions can help workers better protect themselves at home and where they work.

“Nepal’s migrant workers constitute a driving force in Nepal’s economy.  The U.S. government supports efforts to reduce the risk of abuse and exploitation that Nepal’s migrant workers face overseas,” said John L. Carwile, Chargé d’Affaires during his remarks at TechCamp Nepal’s opening today.

TechCamps are technology-focused, capacity-building workshops on specific issues hosted around the world by the State Department since 2011.  TechCamp Nepal is a partnership between the State Department and Humanity United, in cooperation with ACE Colleg

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