Partnerships with the private sector allow AVSI to work towards employment of refugees, in particular with:
– Industrias San Miguel – Peruvian company, operating in Brazil in the beverage industry, in which we have employed Venezuelan refugees..
– SODEXO – French multinational in the sector of business services with which we have an agreement for the employment of Venezuelan refugees.
This is for us the only way: the multi-stakeholder approach for a migration flow that has reached unprecedented proportions, and that will remain an emergency for the coming years.
What does a multi-stakeholder approach mean, and what are its advantages?
The issue of migration is complex, and it demands that:
– priority is given to the care of the person, both the migrant and the host community
– interventions are implemented paying attention to the present day, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow with a long perspective and with a focus on the sustainability of the projects; and
– partnerships with different actors.
NGOs are necessary mediators and facilitators: when they have been working with local communities for a long time, they know and understand the actual needs of both the people that arrive and the host communities.
The intervention of public donors is essential to respond to immediate needs: if people are hungry, we must give the hungry something to eat now.
Private companies: they support job training, but also job creation. This approach helps the commitment of public donors during a crisis because it makes available new resources available. But the nature of the enterprise should always be respected: the inclusive business.
Employment is not only a response to hunger, but also the necessary condition to ensure the dignity of the person.
Conclusion: the multi-stakeholder approach must promote the person, help him/her to overcome, and exit the condition of “refugee-migrant” to be a full-fledged citizen of the world’s community. The alternative is not human.