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A World Economic Forum discussion paper describes how new types of partnerships can unlock impact at scale through long-term and market-driven solutions for humanitarian needs.
New opportunities are emerging for corporates and investors to expand involvement in humanitarian contexts beyond philanthropy and charity.
The paper highlights the work of the Humanitarian and Resilience Investing (HRI) Initiative, which harnesses private capital to strengthen the resilience of the most vulnerable communities and economies.
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The World Economic Forum on Tuesday released a paper that calls for new collaboration between humanitarian and development organizations, businesses, investors and entrepreneurs to make a difference to the lives of the nearly 1 billion people living in fragile and conflict-affected settings worldwide.
“It takes more than a single intervention to unleash transformational change in complex ecosystems. To truly leverage the potential for positive and sustainable social impact while meeting investor demand for returns, new ways of collaboration across sectors are needed,” said Børge Brende, President of the World Economic Forum.
The IKEA foundation is a partner of this initiative. Over the next three years the partnership will develop innovative business models and investments that strengthen local economies and increase the self-reliance and resilience of the most vulnerable communities and economies.
“We support the World Economic Forum because of our mutual goal to improve the lives of people who are affected by crises, including those who are forced to flee,” said IKEA Foundation CEO Per Heggenes. “We believe that together we can help attract the investment needed to strengthen fragile communities and empower the people who live in them to rebuild their lives and create a better future for children and their families.”