Best Practices from the East and Horn and Great Lakes Region of Successful Cooperation with Private Sector Report - 2023
Nearly four years after the first Global Refugee Forum in 2019, UNHCR’s East and Horn and Great Lakes Regional Bureau jointly with the Private Sector Partnerships Team Africa took stock on the various ways they have been cooperating successfully with the private sector in the region to support forcibly displaced populations. It highlights the importance of advocating for legal frameworks enabling refugee employment and effective coordination among partners for successful private-sector engagement jointly with key regional bodies such as IGAD, ICGLR and the EAC, and national governmental counterparts.
The report also showcases the significance of working with the private sector and key technical partners such as the FAO to integrate forcibly displaced populations into agricultural value chains, provide access to jobs, and find innovative solutions for economic inclusions. It highlights the importance of working through key accelerator partners such as the WB, IFC, and Chambers of Commerce, and to ensure that forcibly displaced populations find jobs and create businesses to contribute to their hosting economies as innovators and taxpayers. It also shows that through key continental private sector events such as the 36 Million Solutions Forum, and an engagement with UNHCR global artisanal brand MADE 51, key African enterprises can be engaged closer with the topic of forced displacement and provide solutions that go beyond funding, but also include scholarships and opportunities to integrate refugee owned enterprises in their value chains.