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Balancing the Books: Including women and protecting refugees is essential to realizing small business growth in Jordan

Balancing the Books: Including women and protecting refugees is essential to realizing small business growth in Jordan
16 pages

Publication date
10 Dec 2017

DOI
10.21201/2017.1336

ISBN
978-1-78748-133-6

Publisher
ACTED
Care
Danish Refugee Council
Oxfam
Save the Children

Type
Briefing paper

It is essential that opportunities for job growth are supported both for refugees in Jordan and the vulnerable communities hosting them. Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) can be a key driver of job growth. Promoting MSMEs could also help to address gender inequality and protection issues for refugees in Jordan. 

This joint agency paper was written by the LEADERS Consortium of NGOs, which aims to contribute to the economic self-reliance, resilience and stability of Syrian refugees and vulnerable host communities in Jordan. It presents research conducted among women and men small business owners in central and northern Jordan on the challenges they face. It makes recommendations on how the Government of Jordan, businesses, the financial sector and NGOs can support women, refugees and Jordanian host communities to start and grow small businesses. 

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