Community-Based Support Program
The Community-Based Support Program (CBSP) builds the capacity of Iraqi refugees living in Jordan to generate income while developing the skills to find employment if they return to Iraq or relocate to a third country. CBSP takes a holistic approach to the economic vulnerability of Iraqi refugees by emphasizing community-based social inclusion while matching capacity building to economic opportunities, expanding markets for microenterprises started by vocational training graduates, and assisting graduates to obtain work permits, internships, and jobs.
CBSP has reached nearly 4,500 refugees with vocational and small business development training and social inclusion activities, and has indirectly benefited 35,000 individuals. Over 2,700 men have been trained in high-demand trades in Jordan, Iraq, and throughout the region, including carpentry, general maintenance, welding, automotive repair, and catering. The courses conform to curriculum requirements of government-run vocational training programs. Training is also offered to vulnerable Iraqi women in home food production, sewing, embroidery, and marketing. Women produce food products such as baked goods, savory finger foods, and pickled goods in their homes, and sell them in their neighborhoods and at local markets. CBSP links trainees to catering kitchens in Amman and encourages the women to form cooperatives and gain business skills. To date, CBSP has trained over 800 women in home food production and marketing and 250 women in sewing and embroidery. The program has linked many of them to numerous local marketing networks.
CBSP is providing graduates from vocational and home food production classes with small business development training that focuses on local, home-based startups. By the end of the training, the students will have developed small business proposals. Those with the most promising plans will be given grants to help launch the business idea.
As part of its social inclusion activities, CBSP refurbished 17 community-based organizations to provide care to an additional 500 children and trained 100 mothers in childhood education for the opportunity to work at the daycare centers. CBSP is also working to increase employment opportunities for CBSP graduates by assisting them in the process of obtaining work permits as well as providing internship and job placement services.
The Community-Based Support Program is funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and is managed by IRD. It is scheduled to run through August 2013.