Novo Nordisk Foundation

The Novo Nordisk Foundation works with Oxfam IBIS to help young Syrians and vulnerable Jordanians with income and employment.

Syrian refugees in Jordan do not have the best odds when they need to find a job. Only few of them have finished their education and most lack the skills and the network to get employment in a labour market already unable to accomodate all. A grant of DKK 965,155 from the Novo Nordisk Foundation aims to strengthen leadership, dignity, entrepreneurship and creativity among Syrian and Jordanian youth.

Since the conflict broke out in Syria, 1.3 million Syrians have crossed the border into neighboring Jordan. The large influx has put severe pressure on the country, which is already characterized by high unemployment and it has affected the economy and social stability. Out of Jordan's population of 9.3 million, 64% are under the age of 30. 24.1% of women are unemployed and 15.3% of men.

With the support of the Novo Nordisk Foundation, Oxfam IBIS has joined forces with the Jordanian organization I-Dare, which houses the innovation center C-Hub - a gathering place for innovation and creativity for young people in the capital Amman. The goal is to reach 150 young Jordanians and Syrian refugees aged 18-30 and increase their chances of creating a way of life. At the same time, the project will promote cohesion between the youth.

At C-Hub, they will have access to equipment and tools and be supported in developing their their own projects and ideas. In addition, they will participate in networking events, company visits, interact with the private sector and gain a greater knowledge of innovative economics. Throughout the course, they will receive sparring to give them a boost of confidence and get them well on their way.