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Jordanian Youth and the Promise of Private Sector Employment
Jordanian Youth and the Promise of Private Sector Employment

Ask a typical university student in Jordan what they hope to do after graduation and the answer you’ll likely receive is “Work for the government.” Public sector employment is a highly coveted prospect across the MENA region due to its perceived security, benefits, and prestige. But questions remain: Is the goal of government employment distracting young people from better options elsewhere? If the goal of public sector employment is more limited now than in the past, why are more young people ...


EPUs Secure Jobs to Jordanians
EPUs Secure Jobs to Jordanians

In November 2015, USAID initialed MoUs with Chambers of Industry in East Amman, Zarqa, and Irbid to launch an innovative approach to securing jobs for Jordanians – in-house centers called Employment Promotion Units (EPUs) to work with members of the Chambers to identify job opportunities and hold outreach events with local populations to recruit job seekers in the area. 


What Cheese Making Tells us about Work and Labor
What Cheese Making Tells us about Work and Labor

I went to Mistaka today. It’s a shop of a local cheese maker who started on environmental issues then decided that Jordanians needed to source more of their basic needs locally and in a more sustainable way. So she started with cheese. There is nothing easy about making cheese, despite the fact that when our parents made laban or labneh or halloum, it looked pretty straight-forward. 


Youth Skills Day Links TVET with Entrepreneurship
Youth Skills Day Links TVET with Entrepreneurship

Seeing Jordan’s youth employment issues within a global context reinforces the urgency to act decisively to equip young people with tools needed to avoid poverty and acquire skills to participate in a quickly globalizing economy. Youth represent the majority of the world’s unemployed according to the World Bank and ILO, yet they have very few tools with which to access opportunities in the traditional or e-based sectors of the economy. 


Loyalty Program Helps Employees Strive in the Workplace
Loyalty Program Helps Employees Strive in the Workplace

One of the greatest challenges facing the manufacturing sector in East Amman today is the retention of a talented, skilled workforce. Newly hired employees often arrive at the first day of work without the skills necessary to complete the three month trial period for their employment, leading to increased hiring costs and declining productivity in companies.


Jordan and International Donors Struggle to Address Economic Issues
Jordan and International Donors Struggle to Address Economic Issues

The Jordanian economy, battered by border closures greatly reducing exports and security concerns diminishing job-creating investments, is relying on national and international resources as growth engines. It is not easy to prioritize what should and can be done. The Jordan Compact agreed in London is built on “three interlinked pillars, to support Jordan’s growth agenda whilst maintaining its resilience and economic stability.”


Tough Love Economic News Requires Strategies for Sustainable Success
Tough Love Economic News Requires Strategies for Sustainable Success

Painful medicine for Jordanians is part of the prescription agreed with the IMF this past week, and people felt it immediately in prices paid for energy and power. No one argues that Jordan needs to take immediate steps to stop its slide into even lower growth, and there is little disagreement among leading Jordanian economists about how to move forward. However, medium and long term reforms do very little to change the pressure felt by consumers. 


What Does Islam Say About Work?
What Does Islam Say About Work?

Muslim majority countries, especially in the Arab word, find it difficult to recruit labor willing to work in jobs unappealing for a variety of reasons: poor pay, lack of benefits, low social status, and poor working conditions are most frequently mentioned. Using Jordan as a case study, one sees a dichotomy...  Jordanians waiting for the “right” job while Muslims from other countries show no hesitation to take manual technical and vocational jobs requiring very hard work without protections or...


Expanding Entrepreneurship in Jordan
Expanding Entrepreneurship in Jordan

My first training assignment in Jordan was with the AMIR 2 project in 2002. The emphasis was on the ITC sector and its applications from e-government to health care, transportation, education, and communications, to name a few. Being an entrepreneur was possible due to a low cost of entry and access to Internet marketing. Startups focused more on available broadband than investors with deep pockets. Jordan was a pioneer in building the IT sector and spreading it throughout the region.


Workforce Development – A National Priority
Workforce Development – A National Priority

I’ve been in Jordan less than two weeks, and it is clear that there are critical challenges in promoting workforce development in the vocational and technical skills sectors. This is a national issue, involving youth from many backgrounds. Although unemployment among youth is highest among university graduates, the lack of Jordanians working in sectors that require semi-skilled and skilled workers deprives the country of young people, men and women,  working in jobs available in manufacturing, s...