Research Report For-Profit Humanitarians
IKEA's Partnership with the Jordan River Foundation
Ammar A. Malik, Hamutal Bernstein, Edward Mohr, Yasemin Irvin-Erickson
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As the Syrian refugee crisis enters its eighth year, leveraging the private sector’s financial capital and capacity for innovation has emerged as an attractive solution to protracted displacement. But little evidence exists on the feasibility and effectiveness of this approach. This case study highlights a unique type of private-sector engagement in which mainstream business interests align with the needs of refugees and host communities. The IKEA–Jordan River Foundation (JRF) partnership demonstrates how diverse stakeholders can identify synergies, overcome legal and practical barriers, and sustain collaborations through effective management structures.

Research Areas International development Immigrants and immigration
Tags Immigrant children, families, and communities Refugees and global migration International public administration and local government International social sector reform Federal, state, and local immigration and integration policy
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