Displacement Insurance financing

Insuring against crisis to speed up response and save lives

Displacement insurance disburses funds for swift life-saving action during crises, with an overall aim to make humanitarian aid more agile.
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Displacement Insurance

Displacement insurance disburses funds for swift life-saving action during crises, with an overall aim to make humanitarian aid more agile.

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Resettlement Finance

In this new model for refugee resettlement finance, a self-sustaining fund provides countries with finance for refugee resettlement, and is replenished as refugees fuel economic growth.

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Placement Algorithm

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Pop Up Learning

Bangladesh

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Trade Accelerator

Focused support for Jordanian businesses to foster rapid growth and help them tap into the European market and hire refugees to do so.

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Virtual Baby

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Ask Laila

A hotline, SMS, and web-based service to help resettled refugees get quick answers from a trusted local source - in their own language.

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This project became inactive following the Prototype phase

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Sprout

Niger

Over 16 million children under the age of 3 are afflicted by severe acute malnutrition. To pinpoint the most impactful prevention methods, Sprout is experimenting with 3 distinct approaches.

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Spark

Tanzania

Spark creates alternative learning spaces outside of refugee camp schools to practice play-based learning and social-emotional skills with primary school children.

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This project became inactive following the Prototype phase

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Caseworker Communications

United States

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Coach Everu

Tanzania

Coach Erevu is a digital coaching program that aims to build the social emotional skills of teachers through weekly peer-to-peer video clubs, timely habit triggers, and bite-sized teaching materials

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nutrition

Low-Literacy Malnutrition Tools

South Sudan

In hard-to-reach areas local community health workers are key to treating malnourished children. Commonly used tools for diagnosing and treating malnutrition have been adapted to meet the needs of workers...

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This project graduated following the Pilot phase

employment

Match

Jordan

Working to counter the high rates of unemployment that follow mass displacement, the Match project in Jordan is testing a set of new innovations for placing vulnerable populations and refugees...

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education

Sesame Seeds

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This project graduated following the Pilot phase

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Tunakujenga

Tanzania

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Becoming One

Uganda

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Modern Man

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Available funding is not enough to meet the world’s vast needs for aid. When crises strike or intensify, humanitarian actors often spend their time mobilizing funding rather than directly responding to those in need. This means humanitarian response is often not just too little, but too late.

Displacement insurance would help countries and NGOs access the funds needed to provide life-saving assistance quickly and effectively. Just like other types of insurance, it would provide the holders with payouts when a need arises, based on a pre-determined trigger like a large increase in refugees, or the onset of conflict. These products would insure against a severe humanitarian crisis. Donors would pay the premium on insurance and payouts would be made directly to the aid providers. This would ensure that funds would travel more efficiently and effectively to first responders, so that people in need can access quality services such as food, healthcare, and shelter.

Displacement insurance has the ability to transform the sector by re-structuring the financial incentives that shape the way humanitarian response happens.

Currently, Airbel is working with United Kingdom’s Department for International Development’s Center for Global Disaster Protection to gain a better picture of the market for risk-based financing products. This research aims to create a groundbreaking, innovative and lifesaving redesign of humanitarian crisis response funding.

September 2018 | Risk-Based Financing Innovation Lab in London & New York City.

Co-organized by Airbel and DfiD’s Center for Global Disaster Protection, these workshops provide a space to develop innovative financing instruments that can be used to address refugee influxes with key humanitarian and finance partners.

April 2017 | Project begins with an initial feasibility study

We develop new solutions to better serve people suffering the effects of conflict and crisis.