An innovative programme to transform the lives of refugees

When refugees can work and earn a living, they contribute their skills, talents and aspirations in a way that benefits the whole community. That’s why we support the UN Refugee Agency’s programme in Ethiopia to help refugees and host communities transform their futures together.

We invite you to join our Ask an Expert Q&A session on Thursday 22 October at 16:00 CET to find out more about the programme, which was recently recognised with the FT/IFC Transformational Business Special Award: Innovating for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Our CEO, Per Heggenes, will discuss the programme with UNHCR representative Abubakarr Talib Jalloh.

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Abubakarr Jalloh is Head of Sub Office, UNHCR.

He started in his current position as Head of Sub Office, Ethiopia in February 2019. As part of this role, he is working closely with the IKEA Foundation and implementing partners to champion the socio-economic inclusion of the Somali refugees in the Somali region of Ethiopia through self-reliance and solutions-oriented planning and programming.

Abubakarr has more than 20 years of experience working in the humanitarian sector. He joined UNHCR in 2000 working as a National Programme Office in Sierra Leone at the height of the emergency. Since then he has worked for UNHCR in Iraq, Afghanistan and Ethiopia and conducted emergency missions to the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Kenya (both in Dadaab and Nairobi).

Do you have a question for Abubakarr?

Join us during the live session and ask your question in the comments – we’ll do our best to get to as many as possible! Won’t be able to make the session? Comment on the YouTube video, LinkedIn live or Facebook post and we’ll try to get your question answered.

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Join us right back here to watch the session at 16:00 CET on Thursday 22 October, or watch it on our Facebook, YouTube or LinkedIn pages.

Listen to George Marshall, the founding director of Climate Outreach, speak with Indra Heerkens, communications lead for our Climate Action Portfolio. George and Indra will talk about why it’s so important to reach everyone with the facts about climate change and how governments can engage and motivate the public.

The conversation will be live on 30 September at 4:00pm CET (11:00am EDT). You can ask George questions in the comments during the session, or watch the recording afterwards. We look forward to seeing you there!