PRI – Refugee camps are surprising hot spots of innovation


Think of a refugee camp and you’re probably thinking of messy temporary lodging and throngs of displaced people. But Ken Banks, founder of and FrontlineSMS, says that refugee camps are surprising hotbeds of innovation.

“Many refugee camps, although they are initially set up to be temporary spaces to house people, they often become almost permanent,” he says. “And with that comes a whole host of problems.” Those problems, he says, spark innovation.