Dear Forced Migration Colleagues,
The Near East Foundation (NEF), with support from the U.S. State Department's Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration, is pleased to share with you the report "Economic Assessment: Opportunity and Constraints for Vulnerable Women and Youth in Zarqa, Jordan".
Limited access to financial and social resources, lack of business management skills, restricted access to markets, and the risk of gender-based violence challenge the livelihoods of poor Jordanian and Iraqi women and youth living in Zarqa, a major industrial hub in Jordan.
The Near East Foundation is working to safely (1) improve the financial and social resources; (2) build entrepreneurship skills; and (3) establish microenterprises for women and youth. NEF conducted a two-week rapid assessment in late 2013 and early 2014 to identify viable economic opportunities, significant constraints, and associated protection risks and strategies for these groups. The attached summary and full report highlight the assessment's key findings and recommendations for safe, economic opportunities for poor Iraqi and Jordanian women and youth in Zarqa. You can also access the full report here, or the 4-page summary brief here [Moderator's note: please access the full report and summary using the links below].
Please feel free to send any comments or suggestions to Jina Krause-Vilmar, [log in to unmask]
Full report: http://www.neareast.org/images/uploads/Zarqa_Economic_Assessment_-_Full_Report.pdf
Director of Program Development
Near East Foundation
New York City, NY
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