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Building the next generation of Jordanian social entrepreneurs

(Photo: Handout from Oxfam)
DEAD SEA  — Oxfam in Jordan concluded on Thursday the “Gender Inclusion Training” held at the Dead Sea between September 19 and 23 as part of the EU funded JOinUP! Initiative, according to a press statement from Oxfam Jordan.اضافة اعلان

Around 100 participants representing different social enterprises and sectors took part in the intensive training which will help them sustain their projects on the long run and boost their chances of expansion which as a result will enhance the positive social impact these businesses have on the local communities.

The training sessions focused on gender principles, relevant legislations, women’s economic empowerment, soft skills, social entrepreneurship, and project management skills.

“Understanding gender analysis was one of the key takeaways of this training. Learning from other social enterprises operating in different sectors allowed me to better understand the social economy in Jordan,” said Muna Rimawi, Vice President of the Alchemist Lab Academy.

Over the past four years, 41 social enterprises headed by Jordanians, refugees and people with disabilities were granted funds to start or expand their businesses in several sectors across the Kingdom.

“The grant I received from the European Union enabled me to expand my business for manufacturing bicycles for people with disabilities. Today, I am the first Arab to manufacture such bicycles in the region,” said Khalid Al Omar, Founder of JO Theeb.

A recent study commissioned by Oxfam underlined the need for official recognition of the social economy sector considering the sector’s contribution to the local economy.

The study found that social economy sector improves social inclusion and integration of migrants, refugees and other vulnerable groups, furthers gender equality, boosts job creation and business growth, in addition to fighting poverty and injustice.

“Inclusion is at the heart of the mission of Social Enterprises. This is what makes them stand out from private sector actors.

Economic and social marginalization can come from discriminations related to gender, ethnicity, legal status, physical and mental disabilities,” said Davide Costa, JOinUp! Project Manager. 

“With this training we are helping Social Enterprises to break the barriers of marginalization an create an environment where each individual can express their full potential,” Costa said

JOinUP! seeks to contribute to increased economic and social inclusion and job creation especially for women and disadvantaged or marginalized groups in Jordan.

It seeks to combine the experience and skill sets of national and international partners to focus on the growth of social enterprises and achieve a more inclusive formal economy in Jordan.

JOinUP! Is an EU-funded project, implemented by Oxfam, in partnership with TTi and its European partner Diesis.

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