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Jordan Valley Links: Enterprise Development for Women and Youth in the Jordan Valley

Jordan Valley Links: Enterprise Development for Women and Youth in the Jordan Valley
Jordan is of great geo-political significance in the Middle East, bordering Israel, Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia, and is considered a ‘pocket of peace’ in a region that is otherwise highly unstable – both politically and economically. The Jordanian economy suffers from structural unemployment and weak labour market governance. Food security is a significant challenge linked to limited availability of water resources, growing populations, and climate change. Jordan has relatively few natural resources and imports 97% of its energy needs. Small enterprises are important contributors to its economic growth, employment and job creation, especially for women and young people. In fact, small and medium-sized enterprises have been responsible for between one-half and two-thirds of all private sector employment in the country.