Innovative Financing for Refugee Crises Response financing

Exploring new financial instruments to speed up response and save lives

Available funding is not enough to meet the world’s vast needs for aid. Together with the Centre for Global Disaster Protection, Airbel is working to assess the potential to use risk-based financing approaches to respond to refugee influxes.
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Innovative Financing for Refugee Crises Response is at the Generate Solutions stage

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Information Flows

Jordan

Displaced people live in challenging circumstances where accurate information can become difficult to obtain. Strengthening information flows can aid in decision-making and make their circumstances easier to manage.

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Mental Health

Jordan

Supporting the mental health needs of displaced people will be crucial to helping them lay the groundwork for future success.

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Urban Housing

Jordan

Rapid urbanization in many parts of the world has led to a great deal of challenges ensuring the availability of adequate housing. In the Middle East, this is coupled by...

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Voluntary and Spontaneous Returns

Jordan

As people displaced by the Syria crisis begin returning to their homes, new approaches will be needed to deal with the unprecedented scale of returns.

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Innovative Financing for Refugee Crises Response

Available funding is not enough to meet the world’s vast needs for aid. Together with the Centre for Global Disaster Protection, Airbel is working to assess the potential to use...

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Placement Algorithm

United States

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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Resettlement Revolving Fund

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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employment

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

nutrition

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

resettlement

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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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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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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IRC Connect

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 Erevu

Tanzania

Coach Erevu is a virtual teacher coaching program designed to empower teachers to use social-emotional learning activities in their classrooms.

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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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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 designed to empower caregivers to engage in nurturing and playful parenting to support their children’s social and emotional development.

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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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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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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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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. But humanitarian finance is changing, with advances in innovative finance, and new opportunities opened up through data science and computation. 

Together with the Centre for Global Disaster Protection, Airbel is working to assess the potential to use risk-based financing approaches to respond to refugee influxes. This work has identified five fundamental challenges in humanitarian financing around its speed, duration, use, incentives, and demand. A number of potential risk-based financing solutions have been developed to address those challenges, including catastrophe bonds, insurance instruments, and others.

June 2019 | Report released on challenges and potential solutions in humanitarian finance

The report highlights five fundamental challenges in humanitarian financing, and several potential solutions, including catastrophe bonds, insurance instruments and others.

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November 2018 | Innovation Lab in New York

This second innovation lab was co-organized by Airbel and DfiD’s Center for Global Disaster Protection to discuss innovative financing instruments for addressing refugee influxes with key humanitarian and finance partners

September 2018 | Innovation Lab in London

This first innovation lab was co-organized by Airbel and DfiD’s Center for Global Disaster Protection to discuss innovative financing instruments for addressing refugee influxes with key humanitarian and finance partners

April 2017 | Project begins

An initial feasibility study is conducted to identify financial instruments with the potential to address refugee influxes. Displacement insurance is the initial topic explored.

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