What innovative approaches have been tried and with what consequences? In this pillar, we aim to explore innovative approaches to supporting the economic inclusion of refugees. The work encompasses a number of projects all looking at supposedly ‘out of the box’ ideas that are emerging as a means to build upon the capacities of refugees.
We will use a variety of approaches, including baselines studies, impact evaluations, and qualitative research to examine the viability and impact of some of the most exciting and challenging ideas relating to Refugee Economies.
The innovative approaches we explore come from a variety of sources: both ‘top-down’ initiatives developed by governments and international organisations, and ‘bottom-up’ approaches coming from civil society and refugees themselves. As new approaches or practices emerge, we will aim to add to the range of initiatives that we examine and add links to the research of others.
This work builds upon the work of the Humanitarian Innovation Project, which began in 2012 and was replaced by the Refugee Economies Programme in 2017.