PROJECTHarnessing the Power of Businesses in Responding to the Global Refugee Crisis

Net Hope

More than 65 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide by war, violence, and environmental disasters. Refugees make up a third of this group. The humanitarian response system, which still relies on direct assistance, cannot address the large and protracted nature of this crisis. One emerging solution is partnerships between governments and nonprofits and the private sector.

Through these partnerships, businesses have been supporting relief efforts in many ways beyond traditional philanthropy, from employing refugees to offering job training to leveraging technology for humanitarian solutions.

This project, funded by the US Department of State, aims to track these cross-sector partnerships; identify the barriers and challenges to forming, managing, and maintaining them; share best practices; and recommend ways to foster a more positive environment for collaboration.

Private-Sector Humanitarians? New Approaches in the Global Refugee Response

Case studies
High-Tech Humanitarians: A Case Study of Refugee Response in Uganda 
For Profit Humanitarians: IKEA's partnership with the Jordan River Foundation

Data tool
Private-Sector Partnerships for Supporting Refugees
Use our database to explore refugee aid partnerships between the private sector and humanitarian agencies.

Key Considerations for Engagement of the Private Sector in Response to Refugee Issues (forthcoming)

Research Areas International development