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Exploring the private sector's role in supporting refugee-related work with UNHCR Israel

Updated: May 24

Project: Research on partnerships with the private sector for UNHCR Israel

Sectors:  Forced displacement | Fundraising

Partners: UNHCR

Location:  Israel

Date: June - December 2020


Mindset-PCS conducted a thorough analysis of the private sector and new partners’ ecosystem and opportunities and draw core recommendations for UNHCR to reinforce its partnerships strategy.

Mindset-PCS conducted a comprehensive ecosystem analysis by:

  1. Mapping the private sector, philanthropic organizations, and other relevant individuals and entities in Israel.

  2. Identifying programmatic areas that can be bolstered with new partnerships and funding opportunities.

  3. Identifying potential matches between UNCHR’s reinforced programmatic strategy and new partners in accordance with the priorities identified by UNHCR Israel (e.g. programmatic partnerships, joint advocacy, campaigns efforts, etc.).

The ultimate goal was to strengthen UNHCR’s programmatic and organizational capacity in Israel to provide the People of Concern (PoC) comprehensive, safe, and essential services that address their immediate and longer-term needs, and maximize individual and community resilience.


Ophelie has this unique ability to see the ‘big picture’ of the humanitarian sector. She can make sense of its scattered pieces, and can identify a coherent way forward to improve the way we think and do humanitarian work, in a creative, innovative and ethical manner. She battles the ‘humanitarian status quo’, constantly looking for new bold practices that can truly and genuinely make our work more sustainable and more resilience-focus. She is therefore highly recommended when it comes to her research, analytical, and report drafting abilities,in addition to the other skills required by her position. Juliette LeDore, former head of Programs, UNHCR Israel.

Our opinion:

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which sets out the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) envisions a “revitalized global partnership for sustainable development” based on the understanding that the UN and governments do not have the reach nor the resources to achieve the Goals alone. Finding durable solutions to current growing challenges requires far more than ad hoc solutions designed to address specific issues. Systemic approaches are needed to tackle structural vulnerabilities and reduce the negative effect of growing shocks and stresses on people, institutions, and systems. Creative and bold partnerships beyond the ‘traditional’ aid ecosystem – especially with the private sector – provide an opportunity to build new and more sustainable practices to address the world’s most pressing challenges.


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