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Youth economic security, skills and empowerment: Learning from positive outliers among youth affected by forced displacement in Jordan

12.07.22 | Jordan

Conflict-affected contexts | Economic empowerment | Employment and work | Participatory research | Refugee | Youth skills

Authors

Nicola Jones, Jude Sajdi, Elizabeth Presler-Marshall, Kifah Bani Odeh, Aida A. Essaid and Agnieszka Małachowska

Most of the research on refugee economic participation has focused on adult refugee populations, particularly men. Data on adolescents and youth, particularly girls and young women, is limited.

This report aims to fill some of these research gaps and contribute to efforts to support refugee youth to realise their potential in line with the commitments enshrined in both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to ‘leave no one behind’, and in the Global Compact on Refugees, to ‘enhance refugee self-reliance’.

Focusing on male and female youth aged 15–24 years from Syrian and Palestinian refugee communities in Jordan, as well as vulnerable Jordanians in host communities, the report captures their aspirations and experiences in building independent and sustainable livelihoods. It incorporates a gender lens to identify and analyse the factors that promote or hinder youth participation in the labour market, paying particular attention to gender norms and roles.

Suggested citation

Jones, N., Sajdi, J., Presler-Marshall, E., Odeh, K.B., Essaid, A., Małachowska, A. and Vintges, J. (2022) Youth economic security, skills and empowerment: Learning from positive outliers among youth affected by forced displacement in Jordan. Report. London: ODI


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