Refugees part2

Having unlocked this Vitrine Theme , here is the deal:

Blended Finance Refugee Fund – Hybrid Investment Model to Enable Refugees in Jordan

Impact Business Case



Blended Finance Refugee Fund

  • The world is undergoing one of the worst refugee crisis since World War II, and Jordan is one of the most affected countries both in absolute and relative terms
  • While many humanitarian relief & infrastructure investment efforts exist, the funding ecosystem underserves SMEs & entrepreneurs which cater to refugee needs
  • The social impact investment component with a triple bottom-line impact is more than attainable in the refugee context, but until now little has been done outside the pure aid sphere
  • Vehicle to fill the void by institutionalising venture / SME investment & nurture entrepreneurship for one of the most vulnerable demographic segments
  • Given the specifics of refugee finance, in particular if in a hybrid commercial effort, we are looking for interested parties to become cooperating partners in developing this initiative further… 




The Blended Finance Refugee Fund will cater to both start-up & existing business models that enable Syrian refugees and to contribute to their economic empowerment

  • The structure will be hybrid, with blended finance channelled through a social impact fund to entrepreneurs or existing SME businesses, led by Syrian entrepreneurs or those companies specifically catering to refugee needs
    • Accelerator: located in Amman? (Impact MENA-led) will have two different tracks: a new business creation track and an existing business growth track, to prepare & empower the entrepreneurs for venture funding
    • Blended Finance Refugee Fund: located in Amman will finance the most commercially sound graduate entrepreneurs or existing businesses, and support them until exit in a VC sense 

Investment strategy

The principal investment objective of the fund manager will be to achieve above-average returns in terms of triple bottom-line impact for all the stakeholders of the Blended Finance Refugee Fund

Investment structure

It is the intention, if at all sustainable, to attempt the whole structure to be onshore based, whereby the Blended Finance Refugee Fund will be enabling additional impact through strengthening the local risk investment ecosystem

Investment roles

The proposed hybrid investment model to help enable Syrian refugees in Jordan, with a wide participation for cooperating partners across the ecosystem

Entrepreneurial development

Using the Kauffman FastTrac entrepreneurship development program and developing a number of proprietary tracks to be used in the acceleration process but also in further corporate development stages of selected businesses

  • Acceleration component of the Blended Finance Refugee Fund
  • Pipeline development process
    • SME creation track
    • SME growth track
  • Capacity building & support tools
    • Business plan development tool
    • FastTrac NewVenture
    • FastTrac GrowthVenture

The processes

A stacked process that would blend the elements of business acceleration & entrepreneurial development with venture investment & development, while complying to the internationally recognised social impact investment guidelines

Impact method

An impact measurement framework, tailored to the context of refugees that will be built into the investment process and will measure its non-financial impact contribution

  • The framework takes as it starting point the SDGs and uses its targets & indicators combined with other indicators
  • The framework is built on the basis of highly recognised concepts
  • The framework measures the impact at two different levels, at the venture levels and at the Blended Finance Refugee Fund level

Impact measurement

Impact measurement is an integrated part of the strategy built into the investment process

  • A measurement framework tailored to the unique context of refugee entrepreneurs, as well as refugees affected by the project
    • The framework takes as it starting point the SDGs, and uses its targets & indicators combined with other indicators
    • The framework built on the basis of internationally recognised concepts (EVPA and Kellogg Logic Framework)
  • The impact framework measures the non-financial impact & helps to understand impact on society & environment, and its contribution to sustainable development
    • The framework measures the impact at two different levels, at the venture levels and at the Blended Finance Refugee Fund level
    • Social objectives will be transformed into measurable results through an impact value chain using a combination of indicators (SDGs, GRI and IRIS)

Impact value chain

The objective of Impact measurement is to manage and optimising the process of creating social impact by transforming objectives into measurable results through an Impact Value Chain using a combination of indicators


For the purposes of assessing the market, we have done certain extrapolations based on the surveys conducted

Beneficiary businesses / start-ups:

  • Businesses owned by Syrians
  • Businesses employing Syrians
  • Businesses catering to Syrians
  • Businesses in effected refugee areas

Business examples addressing SDGs 1, 2, 3, 6, 8 and 10:

Industry & Agriculture

  • Natural organic soap factory
  • Decorative & precious stones
  • Waste recycling plant
  • Agribusiness marketing
  • Olive peat factory
  • Organic chicken breeding
  • Cattle & sheep farm
  • Organic fertiliser factory
  • Poultry & cattle feed factory
  • Tomato processing factory
  • Aquaponics & fish farm
  • Dried & frozen fruits factory
  • Medical herbs factory
  • Strawberry farm & factory
  • Flavoured yogurt factory
  • Healthy soups factory
  • Bee Hives Factory
  • Flour-based baked goods
  • Thyme factory
  • Chicken parts factory

Services & Tourism

  • Specialty restaurants
  • Organic goods retail
  • Building restoration
  • Construction services
  • Mobile food trucks
  • Medical resort
  • Camping centre
  • Mobile & hybrid auto repair
  • Integrated petrol stations
  • Transport services
  • Repair services
  • IT services


Deal sourcing

Blended Finance Refugee Fund with an active & collaborative approach

Various offline/online marketing channels & outreach partners will be utilised in both start-up & growth tracks

Marketing channels:

  • Workshops & seminars: in collaboration with outreach partners
  • Business plan competitions
  • Digital: social media, dedicated website, SMS, eShots
  • Printed material: leaflets, posters, billboards
  • Other: radio ads & other visibility activities

Outreach Partners:

  • Local NGOs: charities, clubs, commerce & industry chambers, professional networks, industry associations
  • Government: related ministries & agencies, universities, research institutions
  • Private sector: large local corporations, multinationals, Incubators, VCs,
  • Multilateral agencies & donors

Cooperating partners

Key to this theme is in seeking cooperating partners, those coming onboard with this initiative, through available research, legal advisory & other in-kind participations and/or grants.

Log of approached entities at various stages of the project development:


  • King Abdullah II Fund for Development
  • Crown Prince Foundation
  • Shoman Foundation
  • Nuqul Foundation
  • Beyond Capital
  • International Youth
  • Foundation
  • Mercy Corps
  • Middle East Investment
  • Initiative
  • int@j
  • Jordan River Foundation
  • Injaz
  • King Hussain Foundation
  • Business and Professional
  • Women-Amman (BPWA)
  • Forum for Business and
  • Professional Women (JFBPW)
  • Women Access to Entrepreneurship Development and Training Society (WAEDAT)
  • Sisterhood is Global Institute
  • ReBootKamp (RBK)
  • Center for International
  • Private Enterprise
  • Mowgli Mentoring
  • AlFayha Charity
  • Al Gharraa Charity Organisation

Multilateral Organisations & Donors

  • UNWomen
  • UNDP
  • ILO
  • JADE
  • EBRD
  • EU
  • EU country embassies



  • Ministry of Planning
  • Ministry of Industry & Trade
  • Ministry of Labour
  • Ministry of Interior



Further investigation requirement

Potential cooperating partners are invited to express interests and/or ability to help us on the following items:

  • Market survey of the existing businesses by refugees & any registered interests with agencies, labor agencies & other
  • Market survey of the unregistered refugees
  • Interview government agencies for clarity on job restrictions
  • Interview government agencies & study laws for clarity on differences and/or restrictions for business setup by Syrians
  • Joint approach to the relevant Jordanian government bodies with the cooperating partners in order to get to certain comfort levels for potential Blended Finance Refugee Fund investors…


Proposed budget

Cooperating partners are invited to see if any grant or in-kind participation is in their domain to help develop the project further


Value added

The team has extensive regional as well as global expertise

It provides blended industry know-how with a complementary skill-set well suited to the project: entrepreneurship development, social impact management, SMEs investment & venture capital expertise

  • Participated in a dozen social impact projects & as many transition impact investments
  • Developed 22 national programs & 11 entrepreneurship development programs
  • Closed 100 advisory & principal transactions worth $¾bil primarily with SMEs
  • Executed over 30 principal investment exits with many more liquidity events
  • Managed 4 funds and designed double that including a PPP fund
  • International perspective from 2-dozen countries, yet a very regional focus


Theme Contribution

An independent advisory firm based out of Amman, primarily focused on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region

  • Impact MENA provides services to governments, non-profit organizations, universities, investors & other stakeholders in the entrepreneurship & innovation ecosystems
  • The firm builds on the track record of its founders & team over the last 15 years designing & implementing economic development programs on the national & regional levels; in addition to engagements where the founders & team had acted as advisors to more than 50 leading organizations in 10 countries in the region
  • Over the last 5 years, Impact MENA developed its own venture creation & acceleration model in which clients are engaged in well-designed awareness, training, mentoring & support activities to help them move from ideation to implementation in up to 3 months, in addition to an enterprise growth program for existing businesses


An independent advisory firm, primarily focused on social investment & corporate social responsibility

  • 360°Impact creates bridges between social ventures, social investors & corporates by mapping out frameworks for societal & business value creation
  • The advisory firm which is part of IPA (Impact Partnership Advisory Pty Ltd) identifies, nurtures & cultivates a pipeline of early stage social entrepreneurs, with which corporates engage operationally on social ventures which receive strategic support & access to market and financing from social investors
  • Another part of 360°Impact’s job involves advising corporates on the alignment of social & economic goals by integrating economic, social & environmental objectives
  • The advisory firm has also developed a market watch intelligence on subjects such as sustainability and innovation, SDGs, social entrepreneurship, strategic CSR & inclusive development


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