Improving Self-reliance and Resilience in Jordan

The refugee response in Jordan is at a critical juncture, with humanitarian and emergency needs increasingly overlapping with traditional macroeconomic development priorities. Ensuring access to livelihoods is a critical component of supporting people to achieve their preferred durable solution to their protracted displacement. DSP brought together its three member organizations, the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in order to contribute to collective learning on livelihoods in Jordan, by taking stock of challenges and successes of livelihoods interventions in Jordan up until February 2020.

The lessons learned presented in this paper are intended to spark a wider reflection and strategic dialogue on how livelihoods-focused policies and programs can better support resilience and self-reliance for Syrian refugees and host communities. This brief follows up on recent research conducted by the Durable Solutions Platform (DSP), in collaboration with Columbia University, on medium-term approaches to Syrian refugees’ protracted displacement in Jordan.