Jordan has experienced rapid development and social change over the previous three decades, and continues to work towards a greater social, political and economic transformation. For over a decade, Global Communities has been helping Jordanians tackle their most pressing issues, including access to credit, economic development, civil society and child labor.
The U.S. Agency for International Development Community Engagement Project (USAID CEP) is a $50 million, five-year activity implemented by Global Communities in partnership with the Jordan River Foundation (JRF). USAID CEP builds cohesion and enhances the resilience of communities to address evolving challenges associated with regional volatility, domestic policy reform, economic conditions, and demographic changes. USAID CEP works with partner communities, Jordanian non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community based organizations (CBOs), local governments, and the private sector at the grassroots level. It identifies pressures that communities are facing and helps develop activities to alleviate them. To learn more, read the USAID CEP factsheet here.
Vitas Jordan has grown since 1998, when it started as a program of Global Communities and USAID, designed to bring microfinance to the residents of Southern Jordan. In response to the great demand that came out of these communities, the program transformed into a permanent institution, MEMCC (Middle East Micro Credit Company), which has served people in need across the entire country since 2003. Today, Vitas Jordan is Global Communities' most profitable development finance institution and it is one of the largest microfinance institutions in Jordan. Offering a diversified selection of loan products, Vitas Jordan reaches out to a broad clientele and serves the changing needs in the market. To learn more please visit the Vitas Jordan website or their Facebook page.
With funding from USAID to support start-up and operational expenses over a five year period, the Jordan Loan Guaranty Facility (JLGF) is a $250 million, OPIC-backed facility designed to overcome obstacles to bank lending. By coupling loan guarantees with customized technical assistance for participating banks and non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs), the JLGF will also strengthen the capacity of the Jordanian financial services sector to continue serving the credit needs of the SME market in a sustainable manner. To learn more, please visit the JLGF website.
Through the MENA Youth Empowerment Strategy (MENA-YES), Global Communities, in partnership with the Caterpillar Foundation, implemented a three-year, $4.4 million program to target youth aged 15 to 29 in Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen to prepare them for the labor market and job placement. Special emphasis was given to disadvantaged youth, low- to medium-level skilled individuals, women, peri-urban and rural youth, and individuals working in hazardous environments. The program provided technical, demand-driven training, assistance with internship and apprenticeship placement, as well as, support for entrepreneurship and self employment activities and assistance accessing credit. Learn more by reading the MENA-YES factsheet or visiting the MENA-YES Jordan Facebook page.
Funded by the US Department of Labor, the goal of CECLE was to remove children from the worst forms of child labor and prevent additional children from entering into such dangerous activities, while providing them with direct educational services and other non-formal education. Through CECLE, Global Communities also strengthened policies on child labor and education and built the capacity of national institutions, raised awareness on the importance of education and supported research on child labor.
The Aqaba region of Jordan has undergone tremendous economic growth, as a result ACED helps community-based organizations build their capacities to take advantage of these new economic opportunities and to be full participants in the development of the region. Through the program, Global Communities built the capacity of all facets of civil society by encouraging the local community to participate in development decision-making; enhancing the capacity of local civil society organizations to provide relevant services; encouraging local citizens to participate in the modern economy; and creating opportunities for interaction between citizens and private sector. To read more about the ACED program and the Aqaba Special Economic Zone, visit www.aced-jordan.com