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The purpose of this section is to provide the reader with general information on Private Sector for Refugees (PS4R)’s documents, trainings and events. Also, “PS4R Knowledge sharing and events” offers a selection of case studies with the aim to present concrete examples around the world linked to the four main themes of the Charter of Good Practice.

Case studies

Documents in this section include case studies and future materials on projects underway.

Building Markets: Connecting Refugee-Owned and Refugee-Employing Small Businesses to Supply Chains and Investment

Building Markets exemplifies the principles of the Private Sector for Refugees (PS4R) initiative and continues to demonstrate elements of the Charter of Good Practice by

working with SMEs to promote refugee employment, entrepreneurship, investment, and product and services adaptation in support of refugees and host  communities. Through its work, the organisation creates jobs and stability in crisis-affected countries by connecting local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to supply chains and investment. Building Markets does this because SMEs account for 90% of companies and generate half of employment worldwide. Therefore when the sector thrives, it can draw in new investment and have a significant impact on joblessness, poverty, health, and education.



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News and events

PS4R has sponsored or participated in events, for which you can find information and proceedings below:

PS4R Investment Roundtable 2021

On 22 June 2021, the PS4R Partners and collaborators held a PS4R Roundtable on Refugee-Related Investment. The event aimed at discussing the viability of refugee-related investments – a topic that has been given much attention in past years but remains difficult to expand at scale. The Investment Roundtable was the first in a planned series of PS4R technical roundtables that will examine how to promote refugee-private sector approaches.

Download the summary of the proceedings for more details.

“From Knowledge to Action: Supporting Operations with Recommendations, Needs and Priorities from Host Local Authorities on Private Sector Engagement” | 11 February 2021 | Virtual

Hosted by: Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) and World Bank (WB)

On 20 April 2021, PS4R partner World Bank Group and the Center for Mediterranean Integration hosted a roundtable discussion on recommendations, needs, and priorities from local authorities hosting refugees on private sector engagement to provide training, financial support, and matchmaking and networking opportunities. Municipalities are facing increased challenges in hosting refugees after COVID-19, and engaging with the private sector at local level can tackle some challenges by supporting local investments and job creation.

Download the summary of “From Knowledge to Action: Supporting Operations with Recommendations, Needs and Priorities from Host Local Authorities on Private Sector Engagement” for further details.

PS4R Address and Exhibition at the Paris Peace Forum 2020

On November 12, 2020, PS4R was exhibited at the Paris Peace Forum by way of an address delivered by Senior Private Sector Specialist, Benjamin Herzberg, from the World Bank Group. The address provided touched on the ways in which private sector companies have adapted their business models to work with refugees, and how international partners are working together to overcome some of the systemic challenges in light of the global governance focus of the Forum. The event also offered background on the PS4R initiative, the Charter of Good Practice, thematic work and case studies featured on the PS4R website. Download the summary of the Paris Peace Forum 2020 for further details.

PS4R Knowledge Event: How the private sector is adapting its work with refugees in the context of Covid-19

On November 10, 2020, the PS4R partners organized an online knowledge event, exploring how the private sector is adapting its work with refugees in the context of Covid-19. Speakers reflected on their experience and lessons learned; the effect of the pandemic on their operations; and how PS4R could support them moving forward. Speakers came from MasterCard, IOM, the Bogota Chamber of Commerce, TENT, UNHCR France, GroFin, IFC, and a Burundian refugee entrepreneur based in Rwanda also presented. The event featured videos of support from the ICC Secretary General, John Denton; World Bank Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships, Mari Pangestu; and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi. Download the summary of the PS4R knowledge event for further details.

Global Refugee Forum (December 2019, Geneva)

Kinga Szabo Christensen, Deputy Director-General, DI | Daphne Yong-d’Hervé, Director, Peace and Prosperity, ICC | Benjamin Herzberg, Senior Private Sector Specialist, WBG

The first Global Refugee Forum (GRF) took place on 16-18 December 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland and brought the international community together to demonstrate solidarity with the world’s refugees and the countries and communities that host them. The GRF is a central arrangement of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), which was affirmed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2019. The GCR envisions more predictable and sustainable support to:

  1. Ease pressures on countries hosting refugees
  2. Enhance opportunities for refugees to become self-reliant
  3. Expand refugees’ access to third-country solutions such as resettlement and other pathways; and
  4. Support conditions in refugees’ countries of origin so that they may be able to return in safety and dignity.

The PS4R initiative was showcased at the GRF through business-dedicated activities and dissemination of the Charter of Good Practice at the marketplace of best practice. During the week, stakeholders met to discuss how best to engage business in the economic integration of refugees, in light of the key take-aways at the GRF.

More on the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR):

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Global Conference on PS4R (Paris, June 2019)

On June 11-12, 2019, the World Bank Group (WBG), the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) co-hosted a global event on the role of the private sector in economic integration of refugees. The event did bring together stakeholders from across the public and private sectors to share knowledge and develop new ways to mobilize expertise, linkages, finance, and resources in support of refugees. The conference took place ahead of the Global Refugee Forum (December 17-18 in Geneva), which aims to build momentum towards achieving the objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees, a year after it was first adopted.

The conference brought together practitioners from the field, investment companies and private sector firms, refugee entrepreneurs, labor market representatives, donors and other development partners, including Multilateral Development Banks, chambers of commerce, and public sector actors. Representatives from more than 30 countries participated in the conference.

Follow the conversation: #PS4Refugees | #WithRefugees | #Resilience


Here you can find information about training programmes offered by partner organizations in the PS4R. These programmes and courses provide knowledge and tools that can boost economic opportunities for refugees and host communities.

icc academy The ICC Academy is a ground-breaking e-learning platform offered by the International Chamber of Commerce, providing e-courses and programs on trade finance and cross border transactions. It is designed by leading industry experts to meet the educational needs of banks, corporates and other organizations at the forefront of international trade

Global partners:

Contact us at PS4R@iccwbo.org