ILO holds training-of-trainers workshop in business digitalization in Jordan

The workshop is part of efforts to support vulnerable Jordanians and Syrian refugee women through empowering them to expand their businesses and market access.

Press release | 07 December 2023

AMMAN (ILO News) - The International Labour Organization (ILO), with support from the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), held a training workshop on “Digitalize Your Business (DYB) for Female Entrepreneurs" module. The initiative was implemented by certified experts from ILO in digitizing projects in collaboration with the Jordan River Foundation (JRF), under the ILO project "Formalizing Access to the Legal Labour Market for Refugees and Host Communities in Jordan."

The project encompasses multiple phases: the first involves developing and localizing training toolkits created by the ILO to suit the Jordanian environment. The second phase includes a Training of Trainers (TOT) program for various local experts representing governmental bodies and civil society organizations. The third phase concentrates on training Jordanian and Syrian female entrepreneurs in digitalizing their projects for the overall improvement of their businesses. The final phase aims to offer competitive financial support to the selected participants to digitize and expand their businesses.

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Under the project, the ILO, in collaboration with the Jordan River Foundation, conducted a 5-day TOT workshop called "Digitalize Your Business (DYB) - Entrepreneurship and Business Development Services for Vulnerable Jordanians and Syrian Refugees Women". The training aimed to train local trainers from various governmental bodies and civil society organizations.

ILO Chief Technical Adviser in Jordan, Mr. Qais Al-Qatamin, highlighted the project's significance to the 20 trainers from different NGOs and local community associations, stating, "This initiative is not just about boosting businesses. It's about empowering women and youth with the skills to navigate the challenges of a rapidly changing economic landscape. We believe in the transformative power of entrepreneurship. This training is being conducted for the second time in the MENA region, and we hope it will be the starting point for more projects to come in the future."

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Enaam Al-Barrishi, the Director General of the Jordan River Foundation, added: "Our collaboration with the ILO reflects our commitment to fostering sustainable economic solutions. Through initiatives like these, we aim to create lasting impacts on entrepreneurs' lives, particularly women, who are vital contributors to Jordan's economic resilience."

The project aims to support and supervise the delivery of DYB training to 150 vulnerable Jordanians and Syrian refugee women by trained local trainers, empowering beneficiaries to scale their businesses and expand market access. This innovative collaboration seeks to rejuvenate Jordan's entrepreneurial landscape, empowering individuals to thrive and enhance their businesses.