Jordanian host societies and refugee youth face many challenges in finding opportunities to fulfill their aspirations to gain practical experience and skills and build social networks that enable them to achieve their financial independence and economic participation in their societies.
The project “Design and Determinee: Building Resilience of Jordanians and Vulnerable Refugees Through Support and Protection of Livelihoods” funded by the European Regional Development and Protection Program (RDPP II) to support Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq, and implemented by the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) in line with its economic and human development, youth empowerment and education programs and in partnership with the private sector, represented by Al-Zumurrod for Orientals, adapts a new approach to address these challenges.
The project aims to establish a qualitative partnership with the private sector while building its capabilities to create operational opportunities and decent jobs and safe work environments. It also seeks to reinforce the capacity of vulnerable Jordanians and refugees and improve their employability, build their business skills, and support skilled entrepreneurs and existing small companies (formal and informal) to start work, grow and expand.
ARDD follows a comprehensive multi-level strategy in implementing the project that works on the following:
• Increasing job and employment opportunities in partnership with the private sector through capacity building, education, training, and qualification, and providing support for small and entrepreneurial projects.
• Encouraging community solidarity with young and migrant workers and supporting emerging projects.
• Establishing the foundations of protection, safety, and equal opportunities in the work environment, and motivating women and girls to enter the labor market and excel.
“صَمِّم” Design and Determination is one of Maqha Al Nahda initiatives, a pioneer project launched in 2019, by ARDD in an area that reflects the spirit of the city and the pace of its development, representing a model for partnership between civil society organizations and the private sector, which seeks to activate the developmental role of local investors in the framework of social responsibility and help national civil society organizations to find self-sources of income and funding that reduce their reliance on donor funds to ensure sustainability and independence.