UNDP launched the first National Meeting for Emergency Employment EntrepreneursDec 7, 2016
Under the patronage of the Japanese Ambassador in Jordan, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held the first "national meeting of entrepreneurs for the emergency employment project (3x6)-Jordan".
The meeting aimed to increase the networking and experience sharing among 3X6 entrepreneurs in Mafraq Governorate. It also seeks to promote value chain between the beneficiaries and contribute to the sustainability of their projects and the revenue earned on a private local development.
In her welcoming speech, Dr. Zena Ali Ahmed, UNDP Country Director said how much she is proud of the results achieved by the emergency employment project UNDP is implementing in the host communities, and glad to harvest the achievements of this pioneering initiative, the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa that UNDP designed.
The country director also shared some important figures and results achieved by the project so far; including improving the income of the beneficiaries’ families by about 54%, and the fundamental changes on the economic women participation. Dr. Zena added that till now 1350 young people have participated in the first phase of the emergency employment project and implemented 72 community initiatives in which 8 had the environmental and green theme in 12 municipalities. Also 441 young men and women were supported to establish their small businesses to become entrepreneurs in Mafraq.
The Japanese ambassador Mr. Shuichi Sakuraio, appreciated UNDP efforts to promote the emergency employment (3X6) initiatives in the Jordanian host communities.
He also added that since the beginning of the Syria crisis, the Government of Japan has recognized the negative impact as a result of the refugee influx in the host communities in Jordan and the need of assistance for vulnerable Jordanians in the host communities. Therefore, in 2014, the government of Japan provided approximately 1.8 million USD to UNDP to implement the project titled “Emergency Employment through 3X6 approach.
At the end of the event, the ambassadors of Japan & Kuwait ambassadors handed certificates and trophies to the entrepreneurs and toured the beneficiaries’ bazar.
In order to respond to the urgent livelihoods needs of vulnerable Jordanians and enhance social cohesion, UNDP Jordan adopted an innovative three-phased approach, which is designed to link emergency employment to more sustainable livelihood creation, in which the Government of Japan contributed in 5.3 million dollars for the years 2014 & 2016.
It’s worth mentioning that the protracted crisis of Syria and taking into account its social, economic and fiscal burden on the country, the need of a comprehensive, coordinated and durable response becomes a priority. As UNDP elaborated an integrated comprehensive programme for supporting communities to respond to the challenges posed by the influx of the Syrian refugees and increasing pressures on the Jordanian host communities. “Mitigate the impact of the Syria crisis on the Jordanian Host communities”for Media&Communications
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