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Fellows lead nonprofit organisation for African refugees


Several Tutu Fellows form part of The Amahoro Coalition's Leadership Council, which champions the need for home-grown solutions to the horn of Africa region’s refugee crisis. The organisation, which was founded by 2014 Tutu Fellow Isaac Kwaku Fokuo, provides a structure and resources to help unlock the potential of the African private sector to generate transformative opportunities for displaced communities. It is in response to a massive need - millions of refugees have fled violent wars, civil strife, and persecution.  Some have been displaced for decades, lacking access to quality education and dignified livelihoods. This impacts the generation originally displaced as well as their children. 

The Fellows who are providing leadership to the Amahoro Coalition are 2014 Fellow Isaac Kwaku Fokuo; 2012 Fellow Julie Gichuru; and 2013 Fellow Nuradin Osman. The Leadership Council at the organisation comprises 11 people. 

 The coalition sees it's work falling into four main areas - developing partnerships, providing resources, offering solutions, and advocacy.  It helps refugees by building a multi-sector coalition of supporters and engaging this network to facilitate high-impact, sustainable collaborations.  In a fact sheet published by the coalition, they say that seven of the top 10 protracted displacement crises and nine out of 10 of the most neglected displacement crises are in Africa.

Isaac Kwaku Fokuo,  who began the coalition at the Global Refugee Forum in 2019, said it was born out of his commitment to achieving tangible impact on Africa. Having worked in more than 20 markets across North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, Isaac has an extensive and successful track record in investment facilitation, strategy consulting, and policy advisory across numerous sectors.  2012 Tutu Fellow Julie Gichuru is the Head of Public Affairs and Communications at Mastercard Foundation. Julie has had a storied career in communications, with 20 years of experience in the fields of broadcast, print, and digital media. 2013 Tutu Fellow Nuradin Osman is the Founder and CEO of Grosso Foods B.V., an Africa-focused agribusiness investor.  Nuradin’s agri-business experience is reflected in his former role as a global senior leader at AGCO Corporation, a $10 billion revenue agricultural equipment multinational. 

The Coalition works closely with the private sector partners to provide the knowledge, tools, and networks needed to catalyse refugee economic inclusion.
You can read more about the subject on The Coalition Africa website.

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