MADE51: Connecting social enterprises with refugee craft makers.
MADE51 was set up by the UN refugee agency UNHCR to connect refugee artisans in Africa, Asia and the Middle East with local social enterprises. The project is based in Geneva and currently works with 2,700 refugees in 18 countries.
“MADE51 is actually an acronym, because every UN project needs an acronym!” jokes Heidi Christ, MADE51’s Lead and a Senior Livelihoods Officer at UNHCR in Geneva. “It … stands for Market Access Design and Empowerment and 51 is a reference to the 1951 refugee convention,” explains Christ. She came up with the idea in 2016 and the project launched the following year.