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Nexus USA Summit

The following summary was written by our dinner co-host Christine Mendonça, CEO & Co-Founder, of Humans on the Move: 

On January 31, the Nexus Initiative on Refugees and Forced Displacement and Convening17 brought together 14 social entrepreneurs, impact investors and philanthropists to talk about the intersection of education and forced displacement. We had social impact leaders serving women and girls in the Carribean, funder working along the MENA-Europe migration route, and the education solutions. 

One of the largest challenges that education solutions face is being considered complimentary rather than competitive to the formal education system, whether its a solution that can be brought into the classroom, or ones that run independently within the community. Governments are often seen to stifle innovation and limit the possibilities of reaching some of the most vulnerable children. Leslie Falconer of Experience Early Learning Company spoke about the challenge as solutions provider is finding the right partners to really scale her solutions within markets, that already have the capacity and reach, and also have the ethics and principles to respect the company's intellectual property. On the other hand, Katie Godkin Morales of the Batey Girls and Batey Project in the Dominican Republic struggles to find the right programming partners who are consistent in their program delivery, and can help her create a safe place for her clients regardless of whether Katie is there. 

The cool kinetic energy was everyone around the dinner table that night was able to share what brought them to the dinner, where they needed help, and how they could help others. Starting that night and over the next two days of the summit, collaborations were being setup and hurdles overcome. The concept of having a small dinner in a quiet restaurant really fostered the ability to build relationships and uplift solutions.