The Al-Qazzaz Foundation, is the NGO partner for York University’s SMARTT (SOCIAL MOBILITIES APPLICATION FOR REFUGE, TRUST AND TRANSITION) Project.

SMARTT is a socially engaged digital application developed in response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Derived from cutting-edge findings related to the Canadian government’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program, SMARTT will facilitate trusted contact between sponsored Syrian refugees and Canada-based sponsors so as to enhance strong and meaningful integrative social networks in Ontario. SMARTT responds to the social marginalization of Syrian refugees through an interdisciplinary research and training plan which connects the needs of end-users with the combined expertise of sociologists, computer scientists, private sector partners and key NGOs in Canada and the Middle East.

Collaborating Institutions:

York University, Canada, Department of Sociology & Centre for Refugee Studies

Saint Mary’s University, Department of Computing Science

University of Jordan, Centre for Strategic Studies

Private Sector Partners:

Shore Consulting (Toronto, Canada)

Magic Computer Control (Amman, Jordan)

NGO Partners:

Al-Qazzaz Foundation for Education and Development

Syrian Canadian Foundation

Jordan-based International NGO (to be determined)

SAH Participants: (to be determined)