What does EMBRACE offer?
EMBRACE offers advisory services, capacity building and knowledge transfer throughout all stages of the project cycle, in line with the policy goals of the InvestEU programme, JASPERS and fi-compass initiatives.
Each EMBRACE advisory assignment is tailored to the specific needs of the projects to integrate the refugee population and may include:
Identification and generation of projects
- Pre-feasibility, demand and option analysis based on the growth in the population;
- Identification of special characteristics required for a specific population cohort;
- Identification of the most appropriate solutions for social investment planning via municipal infrastructure investments.
Project preparation, development and implementation support
Needs assessment to integrate refugees in multiple schemes, such as:
- education and integration of refugee children in host schools,
- support to women, children and other vulnerable groups,
- health services and strategies for the progressive integration of migrants, and,
- health outbreak prevention measures, etc
Studies and project documentation, such as:
- Feasibility studies, technical design and specification, project restructuring, risk assessments and financial viability advice to respond to population increase;
- Cost-benefit analysis, value for money project design and delivery
- Environmental/social impact assessment (including gender analysis and plans), climate risk and vulnerability assessment
- Project preparation for financing requests, assessment and optimisation of EU funding sources,
- Advice on financing structures, project aggregation and risk allocation;
- Support to procurement strategies including the use of PPP models; project control systems including contract management and technical assistance in monitoring the progress of the projects.
Capacity building and awareness raising
- Training, workshops and bilateral training sessions to help public project promoters, in particular municipalities and regions, to plan, develop and implement investment projects and build project pipelines.
- Workshops and training sessions for financial intermediaries to strengthen internal capacities to support operations and deal flow generation including understanding the different business models and sectors.
- Development of IT tools to check project eligibility, measure impact and monitor/reporting on investments.
Financial instrument and investment platform advisory support
- Microfinance support including personal loans for refugees to find housing and employment; and business loans to support entrepreneurship.
- Impact investment schemes for social enterprises to extend their services targeting the healthcare and social needs of the migrant population.
- SME finance schemes to help businesses working with Russian and Belarusian counterparts to address liquidity issues generated by the sanctions.
- Blending opportunities where the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) resources may be used via grants to support projects financed by EU shared management financial instruments or by International Financial Institutions (IFIs), such as the EIB Group and/or the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB).
- Knowledge-sharing support via the fi-compass platform on EU financial instruments.