Conference Finance for Refugees: Making it Work

Friday, September 7, 2018

The main objective of the conference is to bring together the donor and the investor community and provide them a platform to discuss this critical issue and work towards sustainable solutions for refugees. 

The conference has four main objectives:

  1. Demonstrating a sense of urgency for private sector to invest: The refugee crisis has created the largest need for humanitarian aid (almost $23.1 billion). To lower the financial burden for donor organizations and host countries, private sector investments are needed. Many refugees stay for over 10 years in the host countries and are facing integration issues. Often because they cannot participate in formal economic systems due to a lack of access to financial services.
  2. Knowledge and expertise exchange: Still limited expertise and knowledge on suitable customer-oriented financial services for refugees is available. Therefore, it is crucial to share experience and combine lessons learned from the donor community and private sector. The magnitude of the crisis requires solutions to be scaled and mainstreamed at a rapid pace.
  3. Share results of NpM activities on ‘Finance for Refugees’: During the conference we will share (1) a publication presenting an overview of the global activities/context in terms of providing financial services to refugees, (2) results of a two-day session that brings together the MFIs in Jordan to ascertain their needs with respect to engaging refugees as clients, and (3) the results of an initial diagnostic research in Uganda to create an information base for an effective Technical Assistance program in the country for the financial inclusion of refugees.
  4. Networking: The event will provide a place for networking and forming crucial connections to enable partnerships and/or initiatives.

The conference will bring together (Dutch) investors, international donor organizations, governmental organizations, civil society organizations, development banks, local financial service providers, and knowledge institutes.