Jobs and Perspectives
Finding a stable job or starting a business is a huge challenge for young people in the Middle East, especially women. Cultural, economic and political barriers often affect young women’s ability to participate in the labour market or improve their job prospects.
With training and business support, the Jobs and Perspectives programme offers real job opportunities to refugees and host communities, with a strong focus on women, in Jordan and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I).
Hands-on activities, such as vocational courses in universities and internships, pave the way for the ambitious professionals to succeed. Besides skilling up the future workforce, Jobs and Perspectives supports the creation of more decent jobs by supporting already existing MSMEs and entrepreneurs.
To ensure sustainable impact, all activities target the economic and social framework: social cohesion will be fostered by bringing refugees and host communities closer together and gender norms are challenged by creating access for women into male-dominated fields.
“The video game industry is serious in the MENA region”
In the fastest growing video games market in the Middle East, Jordan’s Chickmania - a leader in interactive mobile game development - has plans to expand globally. Customised coaching, mentoring and staff training has helped the company set a clear pathway for growth, and now their games have 50K active daily users.Read his full story
“We use Ai technology to the max”
Three young Iraqis founded the country's first agritech startup. The country's ailing date palm industry is being revitalised through the company's use of Ai technology to offer a variety of palm tree care services.Read her full story
“Our products will reach every home in the world within ten years”
Three innovative and creative entrepreneurs put their talents together to found Amman Shield Company, which designs space-saving furniture. “Life has changed; people can no longer afford large apartments. We think outside the box to make people’s lives easier and more comfortable." The Jobs and Prospectives programme, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has supported the company with customised coaching and training sessions.Read his full story
“I do not want the next generation to leave the land”
Meet the woman creating rural employment through her village’s rich agricultural history. Elham Alabbadi is on a mission: to combat urbanisation and encourage other young people to see their futures within the agricultural sector. Jordan’s food security may depend on it.Read her full story