To whom it may concern,
I am a researcher at the Urban Institute (http://www.urban.org/ ) in Washington DC undertaking research on urban refugees. Our past work has focused on refugee well-being and social networks (previous work here http://www.urban.org/research/publication/displacement-and-disconnection-exploring-role-social-networks-livelihoods-refugees-gaziantep-nairobi-and-peshawar and here http://www.urban.org/research/publication/mapping-structure-well-being-and-social-networks-refugees). With funding from The US Department of State, we’re currently undertaking a study on harnessing the power of the private sector in responding to the refugee crisis (https://www.state.gov/j/prm/policyissues/prmfund/262912.htm )
We are interested in identifying and highlighting the work of any companies that have worked on partnerships across sectors aimed at ameliorating the refugee crises. We are particularly interested in identifying models where businesses and humanitarian or development agencies have achieved “win-win” solutions, e.g. companies entering new markets while benefiting refugees, by identifying how these collaborations came together, what risk sharing mechanisms were put in place, and what lessons were learned. Selected case studies will be featured in an Urban Institute report and their contributions and partnership model will be highlighted for a wide audience including major donors.
Please contact me at [log in to unmask] if you are knowledgeable of any such partnerships or know of an individual or organization who is involved in one. Key people will be flown to D.C. for an invitation only workshop involving professionals from UNHCR, World Bank, leading think tanks, academics, and humanitarian agency representatives interested in the role of private firms in the refugee crisis response. We are interested in partnerships that work with refugees around the world, but particularly those in Jordan, Tanzania and Uganda.
Edward H. Mohr
U R B A N I N S T I T U T E
Justice Policy Center
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