Jordan currently hosts 1.3 million Syrians, only half of whom are officially registered with UNHCR (670,238). 80% of refugee households live below the poverty line, and 48% of refugees are children. This has heavily impacted Jordan´s ability to deliver quality services to everyone in the host communities, especially for ensuring access to key public services such as education and municipal amenities. The countries’ labour market is struggling to absorb this surge in the workforce and the resultant increase in competition, especially in the informal sector, which is escalating social tensions.

The programme pays special attention to children, youth, women, and other population groups that are particularly vulnerable, such as the elderly and disabled, and aims to achieve its objectives while assisting all Jordanian stakeholders.

1. Promoting improvements in facility management and the provision of transport to educational facilities, and supporting learning and exchange formats for children and youth

Structural barriers in Jordan’s educational system include children doing double shifts in schools, language barriers, vandalism, and the lack of secure and affordable school transport. Qudra 2 will target major challenges in the education sector and increase access to quality education services by developing an improved school transport system and a sustainable facility management system to enhance the learning environment for everyone. Children and youth will be offered structured extracurricular sports and cultural activities to foster quality education and social cohesion.

2. 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.

3. Providing a grant scheme for participatory community support projects and strengthening capacities of governmental institutions & civil society actors at organisational and individual levels

Qudra 2 will focus on service-related community support projects that directly address people’s needs and improve the living conditions of vulnerable Syrian and Jordanian members of the community. A participatory grant scheme will be established to provide funding for service-related community support projects that are proposed and initiated through partnerships between municipalities and civil society organisations. Municipalities with strong planning and management systems will be awarded direct funding, while grants to weaker municipalities will be linked to capacity development measures. Since civil society actors are both stakeholders and agents of change, they will be supported through trainings that include topics relating to social cohesion.

4. Fostering dialogue for exchange and innovation, promoting production, and disseminating accurate information

One of the challenges of protracted displacement is how to foster community cohesion and mitigate rising social tensions between refugees, IDPs, returnees and host communities, especially in urban contexts. Qudra 2 supports activities to promote dialogue by providing safe spaces for exchange and innovation that involve diverse groups of stakeholders and participants. The programme’s target groups, and other stakeholders will be engaged in dialogue tables, exchange formats and working group sessions to enhance community cohesion, to build the future of Syria.

Accurate information will be produced and disseminated to the target audience through outreach programs, information campaigns, and/or awareness-raising sessions.