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Restructuring the way we finance refugee resettlement to see refugees as an investment

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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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

U.S.

Airbel is piloting and scaling an innovative machine learning algorithm developed by the Stanford University Immigration Policy Lab that matches refugees in areas where they are likely to thrive when...

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Pop Up Learning

Bangladesh

Pop-Up Learning is a computer-assisted learning program, aimed to mobilize quickly and efficiently on the onset of crisis.

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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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This project became inactive following the Generate Solutions phase

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Virtual Baby

This portable game would let children earn points for raising a happy baby, teaching them about sexual health and nutrition.

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This project became inactive following the Generate Solutions phase

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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

In partnership with Twilio.org, Airbel is developing an SMS-based system to streamline communication between caseworkers and newly-settled refugees as they adapt to their new lives in the 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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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

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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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Sesame Seeds

In this historic effort, IRC and Sesame Workshop help children whose lives have been uprooted by the Syrian war to build brighter futures.

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This project graduated following the Pilot phase

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Tunakujenga

Tanzania

Tunakujenga is a family learning program that empowers caregivers to learn and practice social and emotional learning activities with their children at home.

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Becoming One

Uganda

Becoming One is a counseling program designed to bring couples closer and prevent intimate partner violence. The program is delivered in partnership with local faith leaders, who guide couples through...

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Modern Man

Liberia

Modern Man is a mobile messaging campaign that engages men with an aspirational and positive masculine identity to prevent intimate partner violence. It sends SMS messages to men who have...

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The world is facing the worst refugee crisis since World War II, with international response struggling to meet the needs of more than 25 million refugees worldwide. Today, 1.3 million refugees are in dire need of resettlement, however, less than 1% of refugees are resettled globally. Many countries have expressed a desire to host additional refugees, but struggle to find the funds required to host them.

One innovative approach Airbel is taking forward and engineering is a new financing model for refugee resettlement. This model would provide countries with a pool of funds to open additional slots for resettling refugees. It would then be then replenished through a proportion of the taxes that refugees generate as they become economic net contributors. The fund would be capitalized by a blend of philanthropic funding and impact investments, making the undertaking less risky for investors. This model would break down major barriers to refugee resettlement, with real benefits for refugees, host countries, and investors.

Costs of resettlement, as well as the returns it generates, vary by country. On average, resettling refugees costs an estimated 20,000 USD per person across countries that currently resettle. In addition to these costs, the facility would provide funds for social services during the period leading up to refugees becoming net contributors. Using publicly available data, we have built a model that projects the financial flows and costs for a country resettling new refugees across all OECD countries.

Launching a financial facility that increases refugee resettlement holds huge promises. It will not only provide tens of thousands of refugees life-changing opportunities, but it has the potential to fundamentally reimagine and restructure how we finance the current displacement crisis

Resettlement Finance is part of a larger enterprise to revolutionize refugee resettlement, by harnessing private capital, data and volunteers to change the calculus for host countries in determining whether they resettle—and enable many more refugees to start a new life in a welcoming country. Other components include the Placement Algorithm, which uses machine learning to find the best place for a refugee to settle, as well as a digital co-sponsorship platform, that mobilizes sponsors to welcome refugees as they arrive. Together, these various components aim to positively change the experience for refugees and host countries. Ultimately, this more sustainable model could increase the volume of refugees resettled globally.­

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