Graduation of another batch of beneficiaries of the Rapid Employment Project (3X6 Approach)

Jun 3, 2015

Under the patronage of the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Walid Masri, the United Nations Development Programme organized the graduation ceremony of the beneficiaries of the Rapid Employment Project(3x6), on Wednesday, 3 June at the Al Hussein Cultural Center, Ras Al Ain.

 

Representatives of the donors; the  Japanese Embassy and partners from the Ministry of Interior participated in the  ceremony, where 150 young men and women from Mafraq Governorate graduated.  A short film was shown, presenting the approach of the project, as well as a bazar for projects that have been established with the support of the United Nations Development Programme.

 

The Rapid Employment Project (3x6)  is part of the United Nations Development Programme´s project  on "Mitigating the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on vulnerable host communities" in the governorates of Irbid and Mafraq. The goal of the project is to promote local development and social cohesion in the host communities of Jordan.

 

In the governorate of Mafraq, this UNDP program uses the 3x6 (three by six) approach. This approach aims at enhancing the livelihoods of the poor in the local communities affected by the Syrian refugee crisis. This is done through a combination of community voluntary work generating rapid income as a response to the immediate needs of the local communities and long-term employment opportunities based on the creation of small enterprises.

 

The first phase of this approach was implemented in three municipalities in Mafraq: Al Salhiah and Naifeh, Sabha and Dafiana and Um Al Jimal. 150 young men and 150 young women participated in this phase, which lasted for three months. During this period, they worked on emergency income generating activities (volunteer community service projects) that respond to emergency needs of the communities, such as rehabilitation of economic and social infrastructure. Throughout the period of volunteer work, the participants received a monthly stipend, which they in part placed on their savings accounting, allowing them to save the capital needed to establish their own small businesses.

 

About 150 participants continued to the second phase, where they were trained on how to set up and manage small businesses. They then set up plans for future projects that will contribute to improving the living standard and push the economic wheel in their municipalities.  122 project ideas were presented to the evaluation committee, which included representatives from the private sector,  investors and the United Nations Development Programme.

 

In the third phase, the United Nations Development Programme will support the completion of some of these projects, aiming at ensuring their durability and generating of employment opportunities, contributing to the reduction of unemployment among young people, as well as strengthening the foundations of social cohesion.

 

This innovative methodology also offers advisory services (such as accounting, legal matters and marketing) to the participants, as well as development of the market (involving the private sector, development of the value chain etc), in order to ensure the sustainability of their businesses. The goal is to strengthen these businesses, as they will have social and economic impacts,  improving the living standards of individuals and families in the host communities.

Contact information

Yara Sharif

Communication Officer

yara.sharif@undp.org

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