Priority area Support for refugees and host communities Improving infrastructure, creating jobs
As well as expanding its bilateral programmes, it has also provided additional funding under its special initiative "Tackling the root causes of displacement, reintegrating refugees". All measures are focused on achieving rapid and tangible improvements in the circumstances both of Syrian refugees and also the people living in their Jordanian host communities.
In Zaatari refugee camp, for example, a photovoltaic system has been installed, providing power for 80,000 people. Also, with German support, over 50,000 children and young people have received counselling and over 100 health professionals have been trained. More than 400,000 people have been granted loans to help them engage in small-scale business activities.
Cash-for-work measures have created nearly 30,000 new jobs. Under this job creation initiative, refugees are given the opportunity to work within the host community, for example in waste collection or construction of housing or roads. In the interests of social cohesion, the programmes are also open to the local population.