Development cooperation ,13.06.2019

UN-Women EBE3 / Jordan: Eid-bi-Eid 3 project to promote women's economic empowerment


The Syria crisis, which lasted for 8 years, is among the largest humanitarian emergencies in the world. It has affected particularly the neighboring states. For example, Jordan currently hosts 671.000 Syrian refugees. In 2019 Brussels conference, the international community promised to keep supporting Syrian neighbouring countries. Finland pledged to support the crisis response for 25 million euros in 2019. In particular, Finland promised to keep supporting the livelihood and education opportunities for women and children affected by the crisis. Women are often among the vulnerable groups particularly affected by the Syrian crisis. According to a vulnerability mapping conducted by UN Women, for the Syrian refugee women it is particularly difficult to find employment. Some of the contributing factors include the current legislation and the low number of work permits for refugee women, the cultural norms, as well as lack of education possibilities for women. Women are also often more affected by gender-based violence. These same factors also affect the most vulnerable Jordanian women. The third phase of the UN Women’s project Eid-bi-Eid (Hand in Hand) supports the econominc empowerment of the most vulnerable women. Beneficiaries include particularly the Syrian refugee women and the most vulnerable Jordanian women. The objective of the project is improve women’s employment through: 1) influencing the Jordanian national legislation and policies, 2) offering cash-for-work employment opportunities for women in refugee camps, 3) expanding cash-for-work support to vulnerable women outside camps, 4) offering support to victims of gender-based violence and by implementing activities to prevent violence, and 5) promoting dialogue and civil society participation in women’s empowerment, including by influencing on men’s attitudes. The EBE3 project covers 2019-2022 and it is a multi-donor pooled fund. The project will have almost 50.000 direct beneficiaries. The overall bidget of the project is around 30 million euros, of which Finland’s share is 2 million euros. Finland has supported the two first phases of the project in 2014–2018, for 2.3 million euros. According to an evaluation report, published in 2019, the project has produced good results, and it has been relevant for promoting women’s economic empowerment. The second phase of the project had over 20.000 direct beneficiaries.

Funding decision  13.06.2019

2 000 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Gender equality
  • Participatory development/Good governance

Field of activity

  • Women’s equality organisations and institutions 80%
  • Ending violence against women and girls 20%

Special target group

  • women
  • girls
  • children

Funding channel

YK:n tasa-arvojärjestö



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