School of Business and Economics


1 September 2022

The Power of Nurturing Refugee Businesses

Presented By International Business, Strategy and Innovation group (IBSI)
  • 15.00 UK GMT - 16.00 UK GMT (please note the local time difference in your area)
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About this event

This event has been postponed until 1st September 2022 (details will shortly be updated)


The Power of Nurturing Refugee Businesses 

An independent evaluation of AEC’s support programmes in Africa 

Join us for the culmination of a two-year funded research project examining refugee business support in Africa. The number of people displaced globally has now surpassed one percent of the world’s population according to UNHCR. Refugee camps offer immediate, urgent humanitarian assistance but can struggle to accommodate the longer term needs of refugees who can be stuck there for decades. In partnership with African Entrepreneurship Collective (AEC), this project examines the role business support and loans can play in alleviating hardship and elevating human potential in refugee camps.   

The project, funded by the BAM/SAMS Capacity Building Grant Scheme, assessed the impact and transferability of large-scale business and loans support as AEC transferred their programme from Rwanda to Kenya. The event will feature key learnings and recommendations from Dr Michelle Richey (Loughborough University), Dr Raymond Randall (Sheffield University), Prof Monder Ram (Aston University) and Prof MN Ravishankar (Queens University Belfast). 

There will also be an opportunity to hear from Julienne Oyler, CEO and Founder of AEC, who has supported around 33,000 businesses across Africa over the past decade. Attendees will be invited to engage with Julienne and her team and to discuss the key findings and recommendations of the report, which will be launched at the event.  

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 The Power of Nurturing Refugee Business

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