Launching Economic Achievement Program for Women in Jordan

Reporting Organization:CBIE - Canadian Bureau for International Education
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 5,161,437
Timeframe: February 17, 2017 - October 15, 2020
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

CBIE - Canadian Bureau for International Education

Participating Organizations


Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Jordan - $ 3,985,145.51 (77.21%)

Region - Total Budget Allocation

Developing countries, unspecified - $ 1,176,291.49 (22.79%)

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Areas of Focus

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Law, Governance & Public Policy (44.01 %)

Gender Equality (40 %)

Other (13.67 %)

Sexual & Gender-based Violence (2.32 %)

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This project aims to support women’s economic empowerment in Jordan, which shows some of the lowest rates of women’s political and economic participation in the Middle East Region. The project fosters entrepreneurship among school girls and supports women-led business start-ups. It also seeks to address high unemployment rates by improving the enabling environment and promoting a culture of entrepreneurship for Jordanian women in impoverished areas. Project activities include: (1) developing a business incubator for women that includes training, mentoring, advisory services and networking; (2) developing entrepreneurial module training to be delivered throughout Jordan (women entrepreneurs are targeted in this training in both the formal and informal sectors); (3) delivering a Leaders and Entrepreneurs program which includes a national competition and after-school clubs for girls throughout Jordan (school boys are also engaged and sensitized through various initiatives); and (4) sensitizing and building the capacity of decision-makers and key women and men stakeholders (from government, private sector, academia and civil society) to integrate women’s employment and entrepreneurial needs.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adolescent females
Total Direct Population: 10,144
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased productivity and job opportunities generated by women; and (2) reduced gender-specific barriers to women’s entrepreneurship and to women entering into and remaining in the workforce.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of March 2019 include: (1) Fifteen women-led teams with viable business ideas are currently completing the INJAZ incubator program, as the first cohort. These teams are on track to complete the program by September 2019; (2) The incubation program is delivering business support services: Individualized learning assessments; programming; 4 types of mentorship; networking, events, and targeted support to enter competitions; access to financial support/investments; business partnerships; efforts to reduce individual barriers; access to a co-working facility, technology/software, resources, and equipment; (3) 138 schools and universities now offer revised programming which addresses gender barriers to entrepreneurship; and (4) 10,144 female students graduated from entrepreneurship programs with revised, gender-sensitive curricula, of which 8,895 reported an increased understanding of entrepreneurship, e.g. how to start a business, skills necessary for entrepreneurship, and identification of barriers for women.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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