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Finance As An Instrument Of Hope: Investing In Refugees

John Kluge, Babson College

The humanitarian organizations aiding refugees are not currently equipped with the resources to expend on human rights advocacy and those few groups that do attempt to fight for refugee rights find they lack the political leverage or financial resources to do so effectively. This session explores alternative ways to improve the lives of those who have been forced to flee their homes to find safety, including through social entrepreneurship, crowdfunding, impact investing, and humanitarian impact bonds.
humanitarian impact bonds, Impact Investing, Inclusive Entrepreneurship, refugees, Syria
John Kluge, Babson College Dr. Christine Mahoney, Director of Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia & Author of Failure And Hope: Fighting For The Rights Of The Forcibly Displaced
Ruma Bose, President, Tent Foundation David Young, Senior Partner & Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group Alexander De Croo, Deputy-Prime Minster, Belgium

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Important Dates

  • June 14, 2017
    Final day to submit an idea.
  • June 15 - 29, 2017
    Commenting and voting period. All sessions open for voting.
  • June 30 - July 13, 2017
    Judging panel and final selection by SOCAP17 Content Team.
  • July 14, 2017
    Winning sessions announced to session organizers.


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