GIZ Call for solutions : How can we strengthen business exchange between refugees and host communities

Refugees often live in displacement for decades. Therefore, it is critical to enable them to become economically independent and build a life on their own in a way that benefits both the refugees and their hosting communities – who also often face substantial problems. GIZ has been developing solutions on this matter for many years together with target groups and partners. But still, there is an urgent need for more and new solutions and for new cooperations.

There is a huge untapped potential to create shared business opportunities for refugees and host communities.

Think of shared workshops and joint creation of new services or products – doing business with each other provides an opportunity to meet, reduce prejudices and improve one’s livelihood.

In Rwanda, our pilot country for the Call for Solutions, refugees enjoy freedom of movement and have the right to work and establish companies. The Government of Rwanda and UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) are in the process of implementing a joint strategy for supporting economic development in host communities through refugee self-reliance.

So how can we create more shared business opportunities between both communities?


Do you work with refugees and host community members to connect them through shared economic opportunities, but lack the resources to scale your approach globally?

Do you have a solution in the private or non-profit sector that connects refugees and host community members through shared business opportunities and would like to share it?

GIZ provides you with the opportunity to work with our network of development experts, designers, and entrepreneurs to scale up your solution and help your solution to have greater impact. Submit your solution until October 31st 2018, and get the chance to participate in an Innovation Lab in Rwanda. You will then adapt your solution to local conditions together with refugees and members of the host community.

Why you should participate…

  • Increase your impact to a global scale
  • You have the chance to see your solution promoted through media, partners and GIZ channels and thus create more impact.

Access the expertise of the GIZ network

  • Learn how to create innovative projects in inter-cultural teams and benefit from the expertise and support of GIZ and its international network of experts from leading global and local organisations.

Enhance your innovation skills in our Innovation Lab in Rwanda

  • The objective of the Innovation Lab in Rwanda is to push your solution and adapt it locally. In a one week workshop, you will develop several ideas to enhance your submitted solution together with local design experts and members of the refugee and host communities.

Have all costs of your participation covered

  • GIZ will cover all your travel costs and provide room and board. If your solution is selected you will also receive an additional prize money of €1,500.

Submit your solution

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