In 2022, the number of forcibly-displaced people worldwide surpassed 100 million – the highest number in history.
“Refugee Lens Investing” (RLI), as defined by RIN, presents the best framework and entry point for investments that can leverage ongoing socio-economic development efforts and partnerships to respond to refugee and host community pain points as well as opportunities.
This report uses a sector-specific “priority business model” approach to identify the two highest impact models of business for RLI in Uganda: (1) Adding value to products and (2) Access to larger markets and brands.
With these models in mind, RIN selected nine key Ugandan business sectors, ranging from energy, education, to housing & hospitality, to conduct sector analysis with examples of active players that point to areas for partnership and investment.
Accompanying each of the high-impact business models, this report presents models and examples of how RIN’s refugee-investing lens can be used to identify, segment, and measure stakeholder engagement and impact. We also feature a pipeline of specific market actors and potential RLI partners to suggest avenues for engaging Uganda’s refugee or host communities.
With a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities for RLI in Uganda, we hope to see interested parties join forces to cultivate an ecosystem that promotes economic growth and durable self-reliance for millions of refugees and their Ugandan hosts.