Employment Promotion and Income Generation
Economic self-sufficiency is a principal concern amongst the target groups, and one of Qudra 2’s objectives is to enhance employment outcomes and incomes, particularly for youth and women.
At the same time, refugees often reside in communities that are already economically marginalised, with very high youth unemployment and very low female participation in the labour market.
Qudra 2 will focus on fostering employment and incomegenerating opportunities to improve the socio-economic situation of refugees, IDPs and host communities.
Enhancing access to employment opportunities for the target groups and generating income opportunities for the most vulnerable
One of the main challenges facing Iraq is a lack of economic and employment opportunities, which has a particularly strong impact on displaced people and returnees. Qudra 2 is facilitating access to and the provision of economic opportunities through skills development for employment promotion and small business start-ups, especially for youth and women, and supports public and private actors through training to promote job opportunities.
This will strengthen resilience, increase self-sufficiency, and help to develop sustainable livelihoods.
Qudra 2 is planning a grant system to provide effective employment and income options such as training medium/small enterprises in entrepreneurship, business development and
marketing. These activities will be coordinated with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in Baghdad and Erbil.
Providing access to employment opportunities and skills development for semi-skilled workers
Qudra 2 will focus on employment promotion to increase the number of youth and adults who acquire demand-driven vocational and technical skills, and support them with improved access to employment opportunities. In this regard, Syrian refugees and vulnerable members of host communities will be supported in obtaining certification as skilled workers or craftsmen, and will also benefit from labour market services aimed at supporting and promoting effective job matching. As part of providing skills development, Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanian youth will be enrolled in VET-WBL (Work-Based Learning) initiatives at the semi-skilled level, allowing them to gain hands-on experience in practical skills.