The Role of the Private Sector in Economic Integration of Refugees

In June, the World Bank Group, the European Investment Bank, and the Confederation of Danish Industry are hosting a global conference on the Role of the Private Sector in Economic Integration of Refugees.

On June 11-12, 2019, the World Bank Group (WBG), the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) will co-host a global event on the role of the private sector in economic integration of refugees.The event will 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 will take place ahead of the Global Refugee Forum (December 17-18 in Geneva), which seeks to build momentum towards achieving the objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees, a year after it was first adopted.

The conference will bring 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. It is anticipated that about 15 countries will be represented.

The conference will be organised around four themes: 


Supporting refugee entrepreneurship; innovation and incubation programs for refugees; youth entrepreneurship training schemes; diaspora mobilization in support of refugee entrepreneurs.  


Impact investing to benefit refugees and host communities; private capital mobilization to scale companies employing or benefitting refugees; business-to-business deals which increase opportunities for refugees; innovative blended finance tools that benefit refugees.  


Labor policies and refugees; private sector experience in selecting, training and employing refugees; refugees’ voice and representation in the labor market.  


How corporations and small businesses adapt to the influx of refugees through market-driven approaches; private business support to supplement public aid; adapting and redesigning business models.

Summary program

    • 08.15 Registration and light breakfast

    • 09.00 Setting the stage

    • 09.40 Refugee movements, business mobilization: the role of the private sector

    • 10.00 Panel 1 - Entrepreneurship

    • 11.45 Panel 2 - Investent

    • 14.00 Panel 3 - Employment

    • 15.45 Panel 4 - Services

    • 17.00 Translating ideas into good practice

    • 17.30 Closing remarks

    • 18.00 Optional: Tour of the National Museum of Immigration

    • 19.00 Reception - dinner

    • 09.00 Opening remarks: Elaborating good practice principles

    • 09.15 Case studies: Good practices and global learning

      This session will be divided into four groupings, with each parallel session organized around one of the four main topics (entrepreneurship, investment, employment, services). In each session, four country cases will be examined. Participants are encouraged to stay in their groups for the entire session. (Coffee breaks integrated to sessions).

    • 13.30 Working sessions & speed writing: Design of draft charter of good practice

      Participants will develop five key guidelines for each of the four themes and draft a paragraph each for the final guidelines document. This work will draw from the conclusions from day 1, as well as the country case studies explored during the morning sessions.

    • 15.30 Presentation of Charter of Good Practice

    • 16.30 Closing remarks