The Refugee Investment Network (RIN) is building the investment ecosystem for refugee-led and supporting ventures through delivering partnerships, advisory programs, education, and financing mechanisms.
By expanding the community of practice for Refugee Lens Investing (RLI) and changing the narrative surrounding refugees, RIN is committed to supporting economies and policies that enable self-reliance and measurably better livelihoods for forcibly displaced people globally.
Today, more than 80 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide, making the resulting dilemma the defining social crisis of our time. Refugees face serious challenges, often stemming from underinvestment and restrictive labor laws. Yet the data show they have enormous untapped potential – refugees are resilient, entrepreneurial, and investable.
As both the magnitude of the crisis and a new appreciation for the corresponding investment opportunity grow, investors are looking for a way to invest in refugees. RIN bridges the gap between refugee investments and a continuum of capital that spans asset classes and geographies, as well as return and impact expectations.
We focus on four pillars:
Mobilize Investment Capital
- Connect refugee enterprises with capital across the risk/return/impact spectrum (see our Investment Opportunities platform)
- Engage a range of investors through research (including our landmark report Paradigm Shift: How investment can unlock the potential of refugees), forthcoming country assessments, and more to demonstrate how investors can mobilize their capital to affect global challenges
- Educate investors and funders in refugee investing through our refugee investment training curriculum
Build the Field and Infrastructure for Refugee Investing
- Develop and support adoption of the “Refugee Lens” framework and criteria for sourcing and marketing refugee enterprises
- Define standards and metrics for measuring refugee impact
- Support accelerators and incubators to grow the refugee investment pipeline
Advocate for Policy Change
- Use data, evidence, and the economic leverage of our investment network to improve macro and micro policies in support of refugees, including the right to work, the right to bank, and the right to access housing