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Middle East & North Africa
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JO
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JOR
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Asia
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Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA)

This Online Community (OC) is part of the project "Social Protection Knowledge Generation and Policy Analysis in MENA", a partnership between the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Middle...

The World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 produced a ‘Grand Bargain’ between a range of major international donors and multilateral agencies. It embraces an efficiency and effectiveness agenda to bridge humanitarian financing gaps and advocates for improved coherency and complementarity of humanitarian and development interventions in crises contexts. Integral to the Grand Bargain is a localisation agenda that seeks to make ‘principled humanitarian action as local as possible’ and engage ‘with local and national responders in a spirit of partnership’.

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Weekly Social Protection Links: October 4

The pros and cons of blockchain in social assistance

If you could purchase groceries not with cash or card, but simply by letting the cashier scan your eye, would you do it? Given the numerous privacy scandals involving tech companies recently, more than a few of us might be wary of biometrics.

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This note summarizes the key steps for building a results based monitoring system for youth employment programmes. This includes guidance on visualizing a theory of change, defining a results chain and collecting, analysing and reconciling findings. The chapter includes innovations for technology powered M&E and lean data collection tools.

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Despite continuous funding constraints, the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Hajati programme has enough funding to help its 10,000 beneficiaries attend school for the upcoming academic year until March 2020, at which point the organisation is in need of funds to help its beneficiaries to complete the school year, according to UNICEF. 

“The programme is still running with continuous funding constraints,” chief of social protection and policy at UNICEF Jordan, Manuel Rodriguez Pumarol, told The Jordan Times in an e-mail on Monday. 

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Child poverty remains an issue of concern in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Although the region has made significant progress in reducing extreme poverty and improving health, education and child survival rates, progress has been uneven. Higher-income countries have advanced more than lower-middle-income ones, and those impacted by humanitarian conflicts have seen reversals in child well-being indicators.

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How blockchain technology is distributing aid to Jordan

For almost half a year, the Women and Girls Safe Space Centre (WGSS) has been operational in Azraq refugee camp. It was opened in March by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and The Jordan Times was recently able to talk to the centre’s manager, Reem Alafaghani, about its everyday activities.

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