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Private Sector Solutions

Forum Overview

The second Forum organized by Amahoro Coalition, UNHCR, Inkomoko and supported by Mastercard Foundation and IKEA Foundation will be held in Accra, Ghana, from November 1-3, 2023. The Forum aims to gather leaders for market-driven commitments to support displaced persons in Africa, where 45% of globally displaced populations reside. It serves as a precursor to the Global Refugee Forum 2023 in Geneva, Switzerland focusing on sustainable solutions and previous pledges and initiatives

Forum Organizers

Amahoro Coalition is an African-led initiative that aims to advance economic inclusion by accelerating private-sector leadership in sustainable marked-based interventions. Amahoro Coalition’s mission is to expand access to education and livelihood opportunities for refugees while creating value for African businesses.

UNHCR is a worldwide organization that protects the rights and well-being of refugees forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people. It relies on voluntary contributions to support its operations and serve those in need.

Inkomoko works with entrepreneurs across Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and South Sudan, supporting them in building successful businesses and fostering sustainable economic growth. Its multifaceted approach includes personalized training, expert mentorship, access to capital, and market connections. Inkomoko supports both aspiring and established entrepreneurs, including refugees, with a particular emphasis on women, enabling them to realize their potential and contribute to the economic development of their communities.

Forum Objectives

Raise Awareness

The goal is to raise awareness among private sector stakeholders of forcibly displaced people in Africa and promote discourse on transformative approaches to address forced displacement in Africa. 

1% Contribution

Encourage private companies to commit at least 1% of their resources, including financial contributions, in-kind support, technical expertise, and employment opportunities. 

Networking & Collaboration

Facilitate networking and collaboration among private companies, government entities, humanitarian organizations, and forcibly displaced people.

Corporate social responsibility

Promote sustainable development by fostering a culture of corporate social responsibility and inclusivity within the private sector.

The Opportunity

The 2023 Africa Forum on Displacement: Private Sector Solutions, builds on the success of the 2021 event in Kigali, Rwanda, which engaged over 800 African business leaders, philanthropists, and refugee change-makers. Conducted in a hybrid format for accessibility the upcoming Forum aims for even greater impact and positive outcomes.

This year we expect over 1000 in-person and virtual attendees, including Africa’s business leaders, refugees-focused organization.

Background to the Displacement Crisis in Africa

Forced displacement has surged dramatically in the past decade, with Africa shouldering a significant burden, Sub-Saharan Africa hosts over 44 million forcibly displaced people accounting for 45% of the global total.

The number of refugees in the region has nearly tripled in 10 years, reaching 7 million in 2022 and over 50% are women and children. Additionally, there are almost 29 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) within the region.

While humanitarian efforts have been crucial sustainable approaches are needed for integration and livelhood support.

Private sector involvement becomes pivotal leveraging resources and expertise to foster economic empowerment and social inclusion.

This engagement is a growth opportunity for companies tapping into untapped markets while contributing to community resilience and economic development.

Highlights from the last event

36 Million Solutions

The Forum in 2021 attracted over 200 in-person participants from Kenya, Somalia, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Djibouti among others, with over 600 others joining the Forum virtually. The Forum was historic in many ways, it was the first regional event after the Global Refugee Forum. In addition to this, this was the first time Africa’s business leaders came together to discuss their contribution to the displacement crisis.

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