£13M funding secured for ‘Estidama++’ program

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AMMAN Social Security Corporation (SSC) and UK Government's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) have signed an MoU to secure £13 million in funding for the "Estidama++" program from 2023 to 2025.اضافة اعلان

The program aims to broaden social security coverage and facilitate the transition to the formal economy by including new segments of the workforce, particularly small and micro enterprises and self-employed individuals.

The program focuses on women and working Syrian refugees, adhering to specified proportions outlined in the guidelines, the Jordan News Agency, Petra reported.

To enhance social protection initiatives in the Kingdom
SSC Director General Mohammad Tarawneh stated that the grant strengthens support for the "Estidama++" program, which operates within the FCDO's comprehensive framework to enhance social protection initiatives in Jordan. The total support value amounts to £65 million, contributing to the implementation of the National Social Protection Strategy and benefiting approximately 34,000 new beneficiaries under SSC.

Tarawneh explained the dual support approach of the program, where targeted groups receive financial assistance. This involves supporting the subscriptions of workers in selected establishments and providing individual support of JD30 per month for each subscriber. Additionally, beneficiaries will receive JD100 incentive allowances four times during the program's 12-month duration.

The primary objective of the program is to expand social security coverage and enable a seamless transition from the informal to the formal economy without imposing burdens on workers or employers regarding social security contributions.

Tarawneh expressed gratitude to supporting countries, including the Netherlands, Norway, and the UK, and highlighted the coordination between SSC and the International Labor Organization in implementing the program.

Angela Spilsbury, Development Director at the British Embassy in Amman, reiterated the British government's commitment, represented by FCDO, to support Jordan in enhancing and expanding social protection measures. The support primarily targets vulnerable groups such as Syrian refugees and working women, aiming to ensure their inclusion and sustained participation in social security programs.

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