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Project Snapshot

  • Project: Jordanian Community Development and Support Program
  • Goal: To ensure the protection and livelihood needs of vulnerable Jordanians in refugee-hosting communities are met and to build positive relationships between Jordanian and Syrian communities.
  • Target group: Vulnerable Jordanians in refugee-hosting communities
  • Where: Amman, Zarqa, Irbid and Mafraq Governorates regions in Jordan
  • Duration: 2014-2019

The Problem

Since the onset of the Syrian crisis in 2011, an estimated 1.4 million Syrian refugees have been displaced into Jordan, 80% of whom reside in host communities throughout the country. This long-term crisis has made pre-existing social, economic and environmental issues worse in Jordan, as Jordanian host-communities face increased levels of poverty, rising housing costs, high unemployment, high competition for employment opportunities, increased pressures on public finances and municipal services, and tensions with the refugee community. Solutions are needed to help ease the burden of existing government services, to promote positive relations between the two communities, and to provide Jordanians with the assistance they need, ensuring that the most vulnerable do not fall into a cycle of poverty and dependency.

What CARE is Doing

CARE is assisting vulnerable Jordanians in host communities by:

  • Providing case management and information services to help vulnerable Jordanians find appropriate government and social support services;
  • Providing grants to women entrepreneurs, along with focused 1-2-1 coaching for business development;
  • Supporting the economic development of Jordanians through vocational, business and skills’ training with a focus on training in green technologies for women;
  • Enhancing the capacity and ability of local organisations to provide loans to local women and men business owners; and
  • Establishing youth committees to lead initiatives for young Jordanian and Syrian women and men on gender-based violence, economic empowerment and peace-building.

Together, these components will directly address protection and livelihood needs in the host communities. Vulnerable Jordanians will be better able to meet urgent financial needs, have better access to job opportunities, and strengthened social structures and safety nets. Further, by engaging and involving youth in community initiatives, this will help to reinforce positive relationships between the Jordanian and Syrian communities. Given CARE’s focus on improving the status of women and girls throughout the world, CARE will prioritise the inclusion of women and girls in all aspects of the project, while also ensuring the needs of vulnerable men and boys are addressed.

Project Targets

A total of 15,541 direct beneficiaries, including 9,404 (60%) women, (84,764 individuals indirectly) will be reached across the life of the project.