Inclusive private sector development in forced displacement contexts

A technical knowledge-sharing event on engaging and developing the private sector in the humanitarian-development-peace nexus

Join us on 17-19 October 2023 at Kampala for this important technical knowledge-sharing event aimed at engaging and developing the private sector in the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, providing an open forum for key actors to share and learn from different national experiences and experts to improve and sustain these efforts in the future.


Amidst a global backdrop of over 100 million forcibly displaced people, many refugees and internally displaced people find themselves trapped in protracted precarious situations with limited livelihood options, often sharing the same economic struggles faced by their host communities. The pace of displacement surpasses available solutions, highlighting the critical need for private sector involvement as an important vehicle not only for solutions for forcibly displaced populations and the communities that host them, but to also stimulate longer term inclusive local socio-economic growth that benefits all.

Nascent, market-based approaches are proving effective in creating and improving opportunities for businesses and decent jobs and opportunities in such contexts, particularly through the innovative and transformative programme, the Partnership for Improving prospects of forcibly displaced persons and host communities (PROSPECTS) programme generously supported by the Government of the Netherlands. As part of this programme, the ILO and other partners are supporting a range of private sector solutions in different forced displacement situations with the objective of creating decent work opportunities for forcibly displaced and host communities.

The ILO would like to take this opportunity with implementing partners at a critical juncture of the PROSPECTS programme as it transitions from its first to its second phase to reflect on, analyse, better understand and therefore build on the significant learning that has resulted from the programme operations in both PROSPECTS and other countries. Therefore, the event in Kampala will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experience and expertise on the latest developments in this rapidly expanding field of work, showcasing good practices, discussing challenges, exploring partnerships and identifying how to improve, strengthen and sustain solutions that will transform the lives of refugees, IDPs and host communities.

The programme 

This event will provide humanitarian and development practitioners, government stakeholders, private sector representatives and actors as well as donor agencies the opportunity to come together around the shared objective of enhancing inclusive private sector development and engagement in forced displacement settings. Through presentations, panel discussions and in-depth breakout sessions, this 3-day event will share lessons learned from different countries and situations. The objective is to provide a platform for technical discussions on practical experiences in formal and informal business development, financial inclusion, market-based and systemic approaches, cooperative and social solidarity solutions and private sector engagement to improve the access of forcibly displaced people and host communities to decent livelihoods and employment.


  • Practitioners working on private sector solutions in forced displacement settings, including decision-makers and technical staff from organizations and business entities working on enterprise development, access to finance, cooperative development and market-based livelihoods approaches.
  • Private sector partners engaged in forced displacement settings, for example, value chain actors, providers of finance and business development services, representatives of cooperatives, workers’ or business associations and informal economy actors.
  • Government agencies and actors dealing with enterprise development, access to finance, cooperative development and market-based livelihoods approaches for refugees and host communities.
  • Donor agencies supporting humanitarian-development nexus operations and interested in the latest practices in private sector development in these contexts.

Practical information

This is an in-person event organized in Kampala, Uganda on 17-19 October.  The event will be in English and Arabic translation will be provided.

Find more details in this information note

Register here

You can register your interest to participate by filling the online application form available here before 22 September 2023.

Closer to the date, enrolled participants will receive a detailed agenda and logistics note. Participants who have indicated their interest to share their experience will be contacted by the technical team.