Community Effects of Cash-For-Work Programmes in Jordan

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by: Markus Loewe; Tina Zintl; Jörn Fritzenkötter; Verena Gantner; Regina Kaltenbach; Lena Pohl

Supporting social cohesion, more equitable gender roles and local economic development in contexts of flight and migration


This report presents the findings of a DIE research project on the indirect effects of cash-for-work projects in Jordan. It is based on an extensive literature review and empirical research conducted in Jordan by the authors of this study from February to April 2019. Accordingly, the report takes into account all developments that took place up to 2019 but not more recent ones, especially not what happened with the CfW programmes in Jordan during the COVID-19 crisis.

Preliminary findings of the research project have been presented and discussed at several workshops and conferences: 17 and 25 April 2019 in Amman; 14 May 2019 in Luxemburg; 27 May 2019 and 4 December 2019 in Bonn; 6 November 2019 in Frankfurt on Main; 31 October 2019 in Cairo; and 25 August 2020 at the ERF Annual Conference Webinar Series. We did our best to take all feedback to the preliminary findings into consideration when writing the final draft of this report between January and May 2020. We should stress that the results, even though preliminary, have received substantial attention in the Jordanian media: for example, on 27 April 2019, the Jordan Times reported in details on the DIE research project (“CfW programmes exhibit”, 2019).

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