Netherlands launches 6 million euro projects for youth employment

The Netherlands signs projects with Finn Church Aid & Partners for Good focused on skilling and employing youth in the agriculture and tourism sectors for a total of 6 million euro (Photo: Netherland Embassy)
AMMAN — The embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands hosted a signing ceremony on Tuesday to mark the official launch of two projects that will be separately implemented by contracting Finn Church Aid and Partners for Good. اضافة اعلان

The ceremony took place at the Embassy in the presence of Dutch ambassador to Jordan Harry Verweij, Finn Church Aid Country Director Mazen Khzouz and president and CEO of Partners for Good Walid Al-Tarawneh. 

Funding allocated for the two projects total 3 million euros each and will be implemented by a consortia of local partners over a period of three years.

“Jordan’s resources lies in its human capital. In launching these two new projects we aim to continue supporting youth by training and employing them in the agriculture and tourism sectors, which are primed to contribute to the Jordanian economy,” Verweij said.

The "COOL-YA" project which stands for Creating Attractive Opportunities for Livelihood of Youth in Agriculture will be implemented by the consortium led by Finn Church Aid, in partnership with Jordan Exporters & Producers Association for Fruit & Vegetables (JEPA), Jordan Agricultural Engineers Association (JAEA) and a local Jordanian university. Over a period of three years, COOL-YA seeks to overcome the challenge of low youth engagement in the agriculture sector by highlighting the sector’s competitive, dynamic and profitable potential.

To attract youth, partners will focus on introducing innovative technologies, entrepreneurship opportunities, and agri-ventures to youth. Furthermore, the project will support young farmers and cooperatives with infrastructure enhancements, skills training and state of the art pre and post-harvest techniques. It will be implemented in Mafraq, Irbid and the Jordan Valley.

The second project is titled "Youth-JO: Level UP!" and will be implemented by Partners for Good in partnership with Luminus Education, Advance Consulting, and ECEAT. The aim of this project is to enhance the economic participation of 1500 youth in Jordan through up skilling, job placement and matchmaking, and developing their entrepreneurial capabilities. The project will be delivered through an integrated approach that capacitates youth to overcome their barriers, work together with their communities to stimulate self-employment, and use technical and soft skills to their advantage in ensuring self-employment in agricultural and tourism value chains.

Through both projects, approximately 3000 Jordanian and refugee beneficiaries including farmers, students, and youth interested in agro technology will be reached. 

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