For young refugees, the right to work is vital. Harnessing refugee’s skills can also benefit local economies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). However, many challenges restrict access to the labour market in hosting countries and they often face exploitation, discrimination and arrest by turning to informal economies. This conference identifies various methods of enhancing economic inclusion of refugees and host communities in MENA, such as employment and skills development; entrepreneurship opportunities; access to financial and technical resources and advisory services for existing SMEs.
Organising partner: With sponsorship from:
Mr. Bart (Bartholomeus) van Bolhuis – Consul General of the Kingdom of...
Mr. Bart (Bartholomeus) van Bolhuis – Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Istanbul. Mr. Bart van Bolhuis holds a Master’s Degree in European and International Law from the University of Amsterdam. Since 1993, he’s held many positions at NL Ministry Economic Affairs, NL Ministry Finance, NL Ministry Foreign Affairs, and held the position as Director European and International Affairs at NL Ministry Infrastructure and Environment. He is now the Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Istanbul since 2017.
Prior to joining ISFD, Mr. El-Gazzah was the Chief Operating Officer of...
Prior to joining ISFD, Mr. El-Gazzah was the Chief Operating Officer of the Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC) a multilateral organization member of the Islamic Development Bank Group which he joined in 1995. He had spent also several years with COTUNACE the Tunisian national ECA and taught classes in the Maghreb Financial Institute IFID and the University of Tunis. Mr. El-Gazzah attended Harvard Business School, ISEAD and London Business School Global Management Programs; he holds a Master degree in Economics from the University of Tunisia.
Chairman of the Board of Sheikh Abdulla Alnouri Society from 2014 till...
Chairman of the Board of Sheikh Abdulla Alnouri Society from 2014 till now. Earned a BSc Industrial Engineering and Operational Research at SYRACUSE University N.Y, USA in 1978. Jamal Al Nouri is also a board member of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation.
TÜSIAD senior fellow and director of the Center on the United States...
TÜSIAD senior fellow and director of the Center on the United States and Europe‘s Turkey Project at Brookings, with an expertise in Turkish foreign policy and migration studies. Within the project, Kirişci runs the Turkey Project Policy Paper series and frequently writes on the latest developments out of Turkey. His most recent book, “Turkey and the West: Fault Lines in a Troubled Alliance,” was published by the Brookings Institution Press in November 2017. He is the co-author of the monograph “The Consequences of Chaos: Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis and the Failure to Protect” (Brookings Institution Press, April 2016), which considers the long-term economic, political, and social implications of Syria’s displaced and offers policy recommendations to address the humanitarian crisis. Before joining Brookings, Kirişci was a professor of international relations and held the Jean Monnet chair in European integration in the department of political science and international relations at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul.
On Thursday 12th September, participants have the opportunity to attend one of the following workshops:
Participants will talk about their role and effort in supporting refugees through...
Participants will talk about their role and effort in supporting refugees through supporting existing MSMEs and establishing new ones, they will talk about the gaps on support mechanisms and what are the urgent calls to fill the expected emerging gaps in the coming days. What are their visions for leading the communities and aligning efforts and what is requested from donors to support in this efforts?
What do refugees need to be qualified for work and labour market...
What do refugees need to be qualified for work and labour market after graduation? This will be tackled through a presentation by SPARK, SESRIC and IsDB, discussing how to make the create suitable practical environment for students before graduation; the role of the three organisations will be discussed as an example for supporting civil society organisation’s efforts in bridging this gap.
Under this topic, a proposed potential panel of donors suggested by SPARK,...
Under this topic, a proposed potential panel of donors suggested by SPARK, SESRIC and IsDB in economic empowerment is proposed to give a keynote speech about access to economic empowerment and entrepreneurship opportunities for the displaced youth in the MENA region, the role of economic empowerment in supporting young refugees, and in enhancing economies in the host countries.
Participants of this workshop will include local authorities, development agencies, NGOs &...
Participants of this workshop will include local authorities, development agencies, NGOs & civil societies. They will discuss the need to have a common understanding and unified agenda that is contributing to win-win situation for both refugees and host communities. The workshop will showcase successful cases of this collaborative engagement with outstanding results through success stories.
Tools for the capacity development of women entrepreneurs among refugees will be...
Tools for the capacity development of women entrepreneurs among refugees will be discussed. The obstacles and how it will be tackled are the main topic for this workshop considering the importance of the women entreprenuerships for the sustainable reliance of displaced and host communities.
An interactive presentation will be feature the multiple approaches followed by the...
An interactive presentation will be feature the multiple approaches followed by the universities in the MENA region in teaching and learning, How the youth communities in the MENA region look at technology in their learning approaches, How the universities in the region can reach with the blended learning approaches to the levels of advanced ones. A panel of universities suggested by SPARK, SESRIC and IsDB is proposed to present about the blended learning approach applied in the region, and how they can motivate more universities to adopt this approach.
On Friday 13th September, participants have the opportunity to attend two of the following workshops:
Jobs are created by scaling growth-oriented SMEs through coaching and facilitating SMEs...
Jobs are created by scaling growth-oriented SMEs through coaching and facilitating SMEs access to finance and markets
Jobs are created supporting promising high potential entrepreneurs with coaching and access...
Jobs are created supporting promising high potential entrepreneurs with coaching and access to finance and to market
Enabling target beneficiaries to access jobs through market relevant (higher) vocational education...
Enabling target beneficiaries to access jobs through market relevant (higher) vocational education and internships/traineeships
Thursday 12th September
08:30 Welcome reception
09:15 Official opening
09:30 Keynote Speaker
09:45 Keynote Speaker
10:00 Keynote Speaker
10:15 Keynote Speaker
11:00 Panel – Contribution of Syrian refugees: case studies from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan & Iraq
11:45 Talk of the Day 1
12:00 Talk of the Day 2
12:15 Keynote Speaker
16:15 Panel – Triangular coalition for improved access to finance for refugee SMEs
17:20 Closing and next steps
Friday 13th September