Swedish PM attends debate panel on livelihoods in Amman

The Swedish Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Stefan Löfven attended a debate panel on livelihood opportunities for Jordanian and Syrian youth at the Danish Refugee Council’s (DRC) Mahatta Tarabot centre in Amman on Monday, August 15.


In his opening remarks, Mr. Löfven said: “The main reason I came to Jordan is because I wanted to directly see some of the effects of the terrible war in Syria. It is a very humble experience to listen to people’s stories.”

He added that “As we go through this conflict, education was neglected. However, it is necessary that children and young people continue their education and adults find proper jobs. Many have paused their lives, while they need to go on and this can reflect positively on the Jordanian community.”

He also said that the international community should not “let a few countries take the responsibilities for this crisis and we need to increase the sharing of responsibilities.”

Peter Klansoe, DRC MENA Regional Director, said: “It is important for me that we are having this debate in one of our Jordan Community Centres that approximately serves 1,000 people a month.”

The panellists included Mr. Samir Barhoum, Dr. Sami Hourani, Dr. Maher alMahrouq and Dr. Aida Essaid, discussing mechanisms in place to guarantee labour standards, areas requiring increased investment to promote economic development for Syrian and Jordanian youth, barriers to effective economic inclusion of the Syrian refugee community and the recent agreement with the EU on rules of origin.

DRC Jordan Country Director, Ermes Frigerio, said: “DRC works in Jordan in order to help local authorities to cope with the long nature of the Syrian crisis displacement. DRC is actively involved with refugee assistance both in camps and in host communities. The Community Centre is one of our models of assistance and we have so far four of them opened and active in Jordan. The Community Centre are managed together with a local partner, part of the broad Jordanian civil society, or with a national authority, in view of guaranty its sustainability.”

The event was held to provide the Swedish government with a deeper understanding of the impact the Syrian crisis has had on livelihoods opportunities for Jordanian and Syrian youth and increase their understanding of the obstacles facing them in accessing livelihoods opportunities in Jordan.

The debate was held at the Tarabot centre in the Mahatta area in Amman, operated by DRC in cooperation with the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation (JHCO). The centre was established in April 2015, with the objective of providing social support and life skills by DRC in partnership with JHCO, and support by the UK DFID.

DRC has been in Jordan since 2003, first responding to the Iraqi refugee crisis. DRC is currently engaged in a multi-sectoral response to the Syrian crisis since 2013, providing emergency assistance, protection services and community support to displacement-affected communities in Amman, Karak, Tafileh, Ma’an and Irbid, and has started expanding into the Azraq refugee camp.

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 that works in 40 countries throughout the world. DRC fulfils its mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities in the conflict areas of the world.