Refugees face many constraints that limit their ability to sell their products to external markets. Legal restrictions, isolation, limited design knowledge and a lack of access to basic business support services are major obstacles. As a resuIt, refugees are often left out of the global artisan economy.
MADE51 has been created as a global collaborative initiative that relies on the support of Strategic Partners and Social Enterprise Partners to create sustainable livelihoods for forcibly displaced artisans.
Strategic partnerships with industry expertsOur Strategic Partners are industry-leaders who have committed to offer long-term support to UNHCR to build and scale MADE51. The focus areas for our Strategic Partnerships are:
- Product design: We pursue collaborations with designers to ensure product design is both contemporary and a reflection of patterns, motifs and techniques relevant to refugees’ culture.
- Business toolkit & legal support: We work with business consultants and legal firms to offer a business toolkit, tailored business development coaching, and legal support to our social enterprise partners to ensure they have the acumen and resources to effectively set up and manage refugee-made product lines.
- Technology solutions: Through collaboration with technology firms, we are creating and implementing technological solutions to ensure efficient production by closing communication gaps, helping artisans manage orders and controlling quality.
- Marketing platform: Together with firms specialising in branding and communications, we market refugee-made products under the MADE51 brand. Building a recognisable brand enables us to create trust, generate demand amongst retailers and consumers, and tell refugees’ stories. As the brand grows, we can uplift our local social enterprise partners and refugee artisans through increased orders.
We seek additional support from experts in the following areas: retail, design, tech solutions, impact measurement, project funding, logistics, fulfilment, and access to finance. If you are interested in collaborating with us in these areas, please learn more about our current needs or get in touch.
Our Strategic Partners
Building a global local social enterprise network
Throughout Africa, Asia and the Middle East, MADE51 links refugee artisans in hosting countries with local social enterprises that work in the artisanal sector. MADE51 social enterprise partners are selected based on their proven experience in design, production management, export and marketing. In partnership with the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), MADE51 sets the ethical compliance standards that social enterprise partners must meet in their work with refugees.
Together, these local social enterprise partners form a global network that collaborates to ensure drive forward economic inclusion of refugees in the handmade sector through MADE51.
Our Social Enterprise Partners