Established in 2015 by two graduates of Colombia’s School of International and Public Affairs, NaTakallam is an award-winning social enterprise that connects refugees and displaced people to remote work opportunities in the language sector. To date, more than 150 displaced persons have self-generated $520,000 through translation jobs or by connecting with over 4500 unique users, who sign up as individuals or through K-12 and university partnerships (including Yale, Georgetown, Columbia, and others). NaTakallam has been featured in dozens of media outlets, notably in Fast Company, PBS, NPR, Al Jazeera and Reuters and by the UNHCR in a recent video. Translation services are delivered by refugees in 9+ languages (past clients include the International Rescue Committee, Buzzfeed, and Malala Fund). Conversation partners are also available to join your next company brown bag, or any other kind of event, as a virtual guest speaker to give a personal, first-hand perspective on the global refugee crisis.
Anchored by support from the Ikea Foundation, Kois is designing the first development impact bond to improve refugee livelihoods in Jordan and Lebanon. Designed to improve efficiency and accountability, Kois is structuring a bond to finance 2 organizations working to improve education and employment outcomes for Syrian refugees. If certain targets are achieved, such as job placements, governments and foundations will provide investors with a return. Kois, based in Brussels, previously structured a 27.3 million bond with ICRC to provide services for people with disabilities in conflict zones.