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This Engaging with Evidence session drew on recent research from Government Outcomes Lab and the Sorbonne Business School in Paris (IAE) to explore the role of cross-sector partnerships and innovative financing tools in supporting refugees.

We shared learnings from two innovative yet different approaches used in Finland and France within employment and housing. The KOTO project was launched in Finland as the world’s first social impact bond to support refugees into employment. It illustrates the potential of outcomes contracts to convene government, the social sector, and investors around shared objectives. Meanwhile, the Hemisphere project in France aimed at providing accommodation to refugees and asylum seekers and demonstrates innovation in public private partnerships. The session combined key learnings from both cases with views from practitioners and engaged researchers.


Case study: KOTO SIB (European Investment Advisory Hub's Social Outcomes

Contracting Platform)

Case study: Hemisphere project (European Investment Advisory Hub's Social Outcomes

Contracting Platform)

Blog: The global refugee system is broken. Can innovative financing and cross-sector collaborations help fix it? (Tanyah Hameed, Government Outcomes Lab)