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GIZ Call for Solutions: How to strengthen business exchange between refugees and host communities

Are you creative, optimistic and innovative with an idea of how refugees and community members could benefit from common business relationships? Then apply now to GIZ's Solution Challenge and enable refugees to become independent and self-reliant.

What is the challenge?

Refugees often live in displacement for decades. Therefore, it is critical to enable them to become self-reliant and build a life on their own – in a way that benefits both refugees and host communities. The aim is to connect knowledge and experience on both sides in order to economically strengthen refugees and host communities at the same time.

What is your solution?

Maybe you already have solved this challenge before in another context. Any solution that creates business opportunities for refugees and host communities can be submitted, as long as it has been tested and implemented elsewhere, no matter where, and when. The idea: Locals take ownership of the solution and adapt it to the local market.

Who can participate?

You can participate as an NGO, a private individual or a company. Your solution does not need to be rooted in Rwanda, but needs to have potential to be adapted to fit into the local context. It needs to have been tested and implemented anywhere. As a participant, you must be able to spend a week in Rwanda to support the local teams in developing and adapting your solution during the Innovation Lab. Your flight and accommodation will be covered by GIZ.

What is in it for you?
The GIZ will enable you to work with a network of development experts, designers, and entrepreneurs and help your solution to have greater impact.
If your solution is selected, you will receive price money of €1,500. The GIZ will follow a design-led approach to develop rapid prototypes and seek feedback from local users. If the prototype is successful, GIZ will provide support to scale the solution globally and you can become a remote solution-advisor.

The solution challenge
Submit your solution at solutions.giz.de from September 1st until October 31st, 2018 – and get the chance to participate in our Innovation Lab in Rwanda! The submitted solution remains yours – of course.

An international jury will select three solutions with the biggest potential for on-site testing and adaptation. If selected, you will align your solution with the needs of both refugees and host communities by working together with a local team during a design lead workshop and prototyping phase. We chose Rwanda as the pilot country. However, the objective is to scale successful solutions in other places, which face similar challenges. Therefore, the local teams receive seed investment from GIZ after the lab to arrange a 6-month market test of the adapted solution and to increase the impact through scaling.

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If you have questions or need additional content, please contact the Solution Challenge team: solutionsforimpact(at)giz.de

For further information and to submit your solution take a look at the Homepage

Innovation in Business Development
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1-5
65760 Eschborn

September 2018

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