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What is the Private Sector's Role in Responding to the International Refugee Crisis?
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The Urban Institute invites you to a discussion on private sector partnerships with humanitarian agencies for enhancing refugee well-being around the world. As the global humanitarian system comes under unprecedented stress from more than 65 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, we will consider how win-win solutions are being created that increase the humanitarian system’s capacity, support refugee well-being, and improve companies’ bottom lines.

For-profit companies have engaged with the humanitarian sector for decades, ranging from roles as philanthropic donors to contracted service providers. But partnerships based on mutual interests, shared understanding of problems, and cocreation of solutions are rare, likely because of a lack of information and high performance risks. We explore how some successful partnerships, particularly in the financial inclusion and livelihood sectors, have overcome practical hurdles to deliver value for all stakeholders.

How and in what sectors can the global humanitarian system most benefit from engagements with the private sector? What platforms are available or needed to stimulate such collaborations? What risks do companies and humanitarian agencies face, and how can they be mitigated?


Featured speakers

  • Scarlet Cronin, Senior Director, Private Sector Partnerships, Tent Foundation
  • Xavier Devictor, Adviser, Fragility, Conflict, and Violence, World Bank
  • Grant Gordon, Director of Innovation Strategy, International Rescue Committee
  • Ammar A. Malik, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute
  • Charles Cadwell, Vice President, Urban Institute (moderator)
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Registration will be available at 10:45 a.m. The program will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. For inquiries regarding this event, please contact [email protected].

Support for this event is provided  by the US Department of State.  For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to

Photo: UN Photo/OCHA/David Ohana via Flickr

Date & Time Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Urban Institute 2100 M Street NW
5th floor
Washington , DC , 20037
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