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FORGE works with 60,000 refugees across the African continent and supports social entrepreneurship within refugee communities through a unique refugee-led model

FORGE is an offical operating partner of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and works through a unique paradigm for managing refugee flows in times of war—one that transforms protracted refugee situations from breeding grounds for future problems into incubators for building long-term capacity and stability.

The model treats refugees as a critical part of the solution to breaking the cycle of conflict rather than as a simple problem to be dealt with. Therefore, FORGE’s work ensures that the time refugees spend in exile is used productively and constructively—providing refugees with the skills and resources to become self-sufficient agents of peace and prosperity. When the refugees return to their war-torn home countries, they return equipped with the knowledge, skills and leadership necessary for rebuilding their countries.

To date, FORGE has served over 60,000 refugees from five African countries. All 23 projects are developed and run by refugees and range from computer training centers to libraries to preschools to agricultural loan programs.

FORGE's work has been profiled by leading media outlets such as CNN and Fast Company. In September, FORGE was honored by former President Bill Clinton and Queen Rania of Jordan at the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative.

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