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The new ROI: The Refugee Opportunity Index

July 9, 2019
In partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit, the RIN is proud to announce the Refugee Opportunity Index. The ROI will shine a light on policy shortcomings and serve as a tool to incentivize policy reforms that support refugee economic integration and inclusive growth.
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Mobilizing private capital to back solutions to the migration crisis in Latin America

July 2, 2019
This Impact Alpha article, written by Fabiola Salman, Marcos Paya, and Sylvia Warren from Dalberg Advisors details the opportunities for individuals, investors, and governments to collaborate to find solutions to the migration crisis in Latin America. With case studies focused on Mexico, the Northern Triangle and Venezuela, the article examines the innovative enterprises and financial tools being used to improve the livelihoods of thousands of displaced people.
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Why This Bay Area University Is Supporting Refugee Business

July 2, 2019
This Forbes interview with Thane Kreiner of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University details the ways that the RIN works with incubators and accelerators to build the field of refugee investing. The Miller Center has a dedicated program for refugee entrepreneurs and is planning to have a second cohort of entrepreneurs in the near future.
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Refugee lens investing arrives

July 1, 2019
This Euromoney feature on the RIN’s launch details the organizations initiatives, along with the work of its partners to find sustainable and durable solutions to the crisis of forced migration. RIN founder John Kluge is interviewed to discuss the Refugee Lens, as are Lev Plaves from Kiva and Kasra Movahedi from IRC’s Center for Economic Opportunity.
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Project Understanding: The global refugee crisis

June 26, 2019
In this special report, Ipsos contributes to building a better global understanding of the benefits of welcoming refugees. Managing Directors John Kluge and Tim Docking co-author a chapter on Refugee Investing in this report on private sector involvement in solutions to global forced migration.
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Displacement urgency draws private finance fix

June 24, 2019
This Asia Times article outlines the application of private capital market tools to address funding shortfalls recommended under the new United Nations Global Compact for Refugees.
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Growing investor interest in solutions for, and by, refugees

June 24, 2019
ImpactAlpha details the RIN’s efforts to match investable refugee-focused funds and ventures with investors. “Investors are already participating in refugee and migration deals,” John Kluge of the Refugee Investment Network told ImpactAlpha. “What is new and what is changing is that there are increasingly more investors doing this by design and intent.”
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Refugee Investment Network launches to connect investors and refugee entrepreneurs

June 20, 2019
On World Refugee Day, RIN gathers investors, entrepreneurs, humanitarian leaders, and donors to bridge the gap between capital and refugee-owned or -supporting ventures.
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Learning to Run

June 19, 2019
NeedsList and the RIN launch multi-sector campaign highlighting how the private sector, academia, and individual citizens can stand with refugees. Read more about how you can get involved.
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Work not handouts: Entrepreneurs reboot image of refugees

June 6, 2019
This Reuters article illustrates the desire of refugees to build lives and redefine the perception of refugees through entrepreneurship. RIN Managing Director Tim Docking, featured in the article, adds “this is a very entrepreneurial, hardworking, gritty group of folks who want to work, versus get handouts, and need investment capital to get going.”
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Private Sector and Refugees: Pathways to scale

May 12, 2019
Worldwide, nearly 70 million people have been forcibly displaced. The need for long-term, sustainable solutions to uplift refugees and support their host communities has never been more acute. This new study from Bridgespan and the International Finance Corporation explores five ways the private sector can help and features the RIN’s framework for defining, qualifying, and targeting refugee investments.
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Initiative for Inclusive Investment in Mexico (3IM) announced

April 29, 2019
3IM is a new cross-sector, cross-border partnership that will attract long-term strategic growth capital for investments in Mexico through the inclusion of displaced people in economic development projects. 3IM will foster new venture creation and the expansion of employment, workforce development, and skills matching to create thousands of jobs and enrich the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Mexico while also reducing unemployment and displacement.
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New network boosts field of refugee investing

March 4, 2019
As Devex reports, most investors don’t see refugees as bankable or investable, but that’s something the Refugee Investment Network wants to change. A record 68.5 million people are forcibly displaced, both within their countries or across borders, and those numbers are likely to rise. The team behind RIN said their goal is to change the narrative around refugees, from a burden on society to an economic opportunity, and to drive more impact investment and blended finance deals toward long-term solutions to global forced migration.
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70M people are counting on this social entrepreneur to succeed

February 22, 2019
Forbes’ Devin Thorpe interviews John Kluge, founder and managing director of the Refugee Investment Network, about the importance of refugee investments. “If you’re displaced for decades and you are not allowed to work and not allowed to move freely (as is the case for millions of refugees and displaced people around the world), you are not living. You are surviving,” Kluge says, noting that he sees this as a social justice issue.
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The new era of refugee investing

January 14, 2019
RIN Managing Directors, John Kluge and Tim Docking, co-authored an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review on how investment can unlock the potential of refugees and help propel economic development.
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How investors can unlock the potential of refugee entrepreneurs

December 18, 2018
RIN Managing Directors, John Kluge and Tim Docking, shed light on how the private sector can change the narrative surrounding refugees. The RIN’s recently released report, “Paradigm Shift: How investment can unlock the potential of refugees” illustrates the massive and urgent need for private capital to help mitigate the refugee crisis. Perhaps more importantly, however, it highlights a growing, sustainable opportunity for investors to engage.
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Media titan’s son paves path to profit for refugee entrepreneurs

November 21, 2018
Bloomberg interviews John Kluge, Refugee Investment Network founder, about the refugee investment space. John Kluge and his team seek to mobilize $1 billion by 2030 for investments in refugee-led and refugee-supporting businesses to benefit forcibly displaced communities.
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Banking on refugees

October 26, 2018
A recent report from the new Refugee Investment Network defines what ought to qualify as a refugee investment – in terms of ownership, impact, or management. RIN describes itself as a groundbreaking “impact investing and blended finance collaborative”. Its study gets ahead of controversial clichés like entrepreneurial refugees to analyze what a range of market players deem investable and what type of connective tissue is needed.
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Growing community of investors steer capital to refugee solutions

October 25, 2018
The 70 million forcibly displaced people around the world represent a growing global challenge. But behind the images of border conflicts and crowded camps, a new narrative is emerging: Refugees as resilient, employable, credit-worthy and, increasingly, investable.
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New Refugee Investment Network announced

October 25, 2018
The Refugee Investment Network (RIN) was announced today as the first impact investing and blended finance collaborative dedicated to creating sustainable solutions to global forced migration. The RIN aims to prove that refugees are investable, and will help to move capital from the sidelines into sustainable refugee investments.
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SOCAP18: A Conversation with John Kluge and Tim Docking

August 11, 2018
John Kluge and Tim Docking believe that the key to unlocking innovative solutions that help refugees is increased capital investment. Their organization, the Refugee Investment Network (RIN), is the first blended finance investment collaborative dedicated to creating long-term solutions to global forced migration.
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RIN featured at the Third Vatican Conference on Impact Investing

July 10, 2018
At the Third Vatican Conference on Impact Investing in Rome this week, refugees and migrants were top of mind both on the panels and in the halls. As with much of the conference discussion, Catholic teachings and the words of Pope Francis were intertwined with talk of investment vehicles and risk and return metrics.
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Entrepreneurs and investors mobilize to tackle challenges of refugees

May 23, 2018
ImpactAlpha features the emerging ecosystem beginning to move capital for people on the move. Where others see refugees and other migrants as liabilities, a growing group of investors and entrepreneurs see assets: customers, talent and next-gen leaders.