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Alexander Betts, Louise Bloom, Josiah Kaplan, and Naohiko Omata

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198795681

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198795681.001.0001

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The role of business

The role of business

(p.186) 9 The role of business
Refugee Economies

Alexander Betts

Louise Bloom

Josiah Kaplan

Josiah Naohiko

Oxford University Press

Traditionally, humanitarian actors have viewed the private sector with scepticism, but recently there has been a global-level move towards exploring the potential contribution of business to refugee protection and assistance. Nevertheless, the debate on business and refugees is often characterized by clichés of what business is. Drawing on examples from within Uganda to broader trends in the wider world, this chapter develops a typology of the motives and modes of engagement of business in the global refugee regime that goes beyond an assumption that it is simply about multinational corporations engaging in philanthropy or corporate social responsibility. Business exists at the global, national, local, and transnational levels, and is motivated to engage with refugees for a wide variety of reasons—philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, innovation, access to labour, and social enterprise. The chapter considers how we can think analytically and normatively about the role of business in global refugee issues.

Keywords:   business, entrepreneurship, refugees, private sector, multinational corporations, social enterprise

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