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Three startups that are a benefit to the humanitarian community

There are a lot of well-known humanitarian organizations that help vulnerable people. It is also true  that there are a lot of humanitarian startups filling the gaps left behind by the big NGOs. These startups are using new technologies and have a different approach than traditional NGOs. Three startups that benefit the humanitarian community and are making an impact are listed below.

3 Million Club

The 3 Milion Club is taking charity into the e-commerce world by allowing people to directly purchase life-saving commodities and have them delivered to those in need while empowering local economies and grassroots organizations. The 3 Million Club is able to reduce costs and have more impact for the same amount of donations.


With apps like Google Maps, WhatsApp and Facebook, Souktel helps refugees find their way and connect with their family. Souktel works in partnership with the American Bar Association and provides legal guidance to them via their mobile phones on everything from finding worthwhile jobs and housing to enrolling their children in school and registering for visas and benefits. The 40-person start-up employs both former humanitarian workers and software engineers to tackle the challenge of sorting, tagging, and translating inquiries.


NeedsList facilitates relationships between donors and NGOs, between NGOs and suppliers, and among NGOs and other grassroots teams. They support local economies by encouraging direct purchasing from in-country suppliers. And NeedsList provides groups on the ground with online tools to make their work easier while producing metrics to demonstrate their impact. NeedsList is an organization that uses its resources in a way to have the most impact. It’s a new way humanitarian organizations give and organize aid. It’s called “smart aid.”

Smart aid is an innovative approach to developing humanitarian solutions. It is rooted in local needs, efficiency, and dignity. Organizations and groups working within this model are effective because they focus on a specific challenge identified by local responders in an efficient, organized way. They act locally, building in-country capacity and directing funds to local businesses and organizations thereby supporting the local economy. They provide dignity and empowerment to refugees through quality solutions and services that take their needs, culture, and preferences into consideration. They collaborate with other teams and organizations in the area and further afield to create chains of support and avoid duplication of efforts. These groups also have a high degree of collaboration within their own teams to respond to urgent needs as they arise. The groups are transparent. Accountability and transparency of funds and donations encourage ongoing participation from small and large donors alike. They use technology as a tool to make a greater impact. This technology can be low-tech, open source, social media, software, or hardware. The technology solutions are scalable, providing open source solutions and creating systems that can be replicated elsewhere.

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