Research Reports

How Business Can Invest in the Future of the Rohingya and Host Community in Bangladesh

Irene Yuan Sun, John Speakman, and Cindy Huang

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Bangladesh is hosting more than a million Rohingya refugees, and businesses have a critical role to play in improving the situation for them and their Bangladeshi host communities.

How Business Can Invest in the Future of the Rohingya and Host Community in Bangladesh highlights four viable areas for business investment and procurement in Cox’s Bazar, the historically under-developed region that is hosting the Rohingya refugees: clean energy; fish, shrimp, and seafood; fruits such as mango and pineapple; and handicrafts, specialized clothing, and home goods. This brief covers the background to the crisis and how it is affecting Bangladesh, why business should get involved, what investment and sourcing opportunities exist, and what next steps for interested businesses could be.

This research was a collaboration between the Tent Partnership for Refugees and the Center for Global Development, a think tank working to reduce global poverty and improve lives through innovative economic research that drives better policy and practice by the world’s top decision makers, with additional support from C&A Foundation and the Open Society Foundation.