Tag: Unemployment

Lending to the Little Guy

The growth of small and medium businesses continues to be hindered by a lack of access to finance. But could recent initiatives change this? By Jane Hosking Growing an SME without access to finance is no easy task. Just ask…

Corporate Citizenship in the Tech World

The likes of Microsoft, Intel, and Oracle want to be more than just simple technology firms—they’re now aiming to be good corporate citizens that can bring about positive change in communities around the world. By Zeid Nasser For years, tech…

Agricultural laborers: Legalized serfdom

The rights enshrined in Jordan’s labor and social security laws don’t apply to agricultural laborers. This aberration harms the sector and the country’s wider economy.    By Jawad J. Abbassi Unskilled agricultural workers in Jordan have very few rights. The Labor…

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Economic Reform: Are We on the Right Track?

As the government has learned from its deal with the IMF, ill-conceived economic reforms can often do more harm than good. By Khalid Wazani Economic reform is a process that should be evolutionary not revolutionary, gradual not instantaneous, comprehensive not…

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Wasted Youth

Jordan’s economy might be improving, but youth unemployment remains a pressing challenge. By Khalid W. Wazani Every six months, the World Bank publishes the Jordan Economic Monitor. The wide-ranging report provides a snapshot of how the Kingdom’s economy is performing…

Vocational Training Boost Needed – Al Qassem

If in the past Jordan’s education system was directed at encouraging students to embrace an academic path, now the pendulum must swing back towards vocational training, Arabian Business Consultants for Development CEO Laith al Qassem said during last month’s Educating…

World Refugee Day: Standing Together

With its long and proud history of taking in the displaced and dispossessed, Jordan has more reason than most to mark World Refugee Day on June 20. World Refugee Day once again gives us the opportunity to reflect on the…

Climbing Up

In the World Economic Forum’s recently published Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015, Jordan managed to improve its position, moving up from 68 to 64 out of 144 economies. Margareta Drzeniek, director and lead economist, Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Network, tells Venture…

Let them Work

Syrians in Jordan could make a huge contribution to the Kingdom’s economy, if only we would let them. By Yusuf Mansur Jordan is hosting around 1.4 million Syrians, almost half of whom are registered as refugees. They can’t remain refugees…

Teaching Tolerance to Fight Extremism

The battle against religious extremism should be waged in the classroom, not just the battlefield. By Osama Al Sharif Our war on violent religious extremism became even more essential after the horrific execution of air force pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh by…