Some of SINGA’s programmes are free for refugees and migrants and are funded by both public and private donors. However, members of our community can pay to access certain services offered by SINGA. For instance, they sell workshops and consultancy services to our partners from the private sector; they also offer access to entrepreneurial support services and a co-working space. In France, SINGA has created a limited liability company called Waya, 100% owned by SINGA, whose revenues will be reinvested into SINGA allowing for long-term sustainability and reducing dependency from donations.
Employees, Stakeholders and Partners:
SINGA has developed a project-based methodology which support newcomers wanting to create businesses, organisations, and cultural and artistic projects, by connecting them with interested locals and other organisations in the host country that can help them develop their ideas and business. The benefits of this approach as that its focus on participation and co-creation allows both newcomers and locals to take ownership of the issues surrounding integration, overcoming cultural barriers and creating real value for society and the economy as a whole. It bypassess the “social handout” approach to facilitate pro-active, positive approaches to integration, ultimately leading to significant cost-savings for public institutions and injecting dynamism and innovation in the labour market. The large network of beneficiaries reached by SINGA includes newcomers, locals, professional networks, private companies, NGOs and public institutions. SINGA represents a network spread across 8 countries: France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Quebec, Morocco, UK. The SINGA global community gathers more than 20,000 people – refugees, migrants, second generation migrants, professionals, students, non-profit organisations, private sector companies, universities. The current market for organisations working on integration is saturated at the low-end, with many organisations and government institutions offering immediate assistance to migrants and refugees and few focused on longer term services for integration. However, there has been a marked increase in the number of organisations, ranging from NGOs to social enterprises, which are now offering higher-end services and opportunities to newcomers, focusing on proactive integration approaches. This means that SINGA has the opportunity of engaging with a large numbers of new potential partners. In the delivery of its services, SINGA relies on a number of partners, from the non-profit and corporate sector. An example is AirBnB, which offers the opportunity of using the homes registered on its system to temporarily house refugees which are part of the SINGA community. Another example is Coexist, a partner in La Fabrique des Entrepreneurs (SINGA Frances’ Incubator) which provides critical infrastructure and back office support. SINGA also partners with media outlets, such as the newspaper “La Presse” in Quebec, to conduct its awareness raising campaigns. Other key partners of SINGA are those organisations that offer newcomers additional services, such as BNP Paribas, which offers them dedicated banking services.