Women in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Opportunity type : Calls for Proposals
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This call for proposals is part of a wider EU Action entitled “Support to Entrepreneurship and Private Sector Development in Jordan”. The Action aims at stimulating sustainable and inclusive employment through entrepreneurship and private sector development in Jordan, by means of enhancing the business environment, capacitating the different stakeholders of the entrepreneurship ecosystem and promoting inclusive and decent job opportunities for all, with a focus on women, youths and people with disabilities. The allocated grants under this call are expected to integrate a broader group of stakeholders, including international implementers and Government of Jordan.

This call for proposals is in line with EU’s Gender Action Plan III 2021-2025 (Country Level Implementation Plan – Jordan) which aims at providing opportunities for women (poor, older, rural and refugee women) in Jordan to take leadership, including through the media, and enhance economic participation by ensuring their inclusion in green transition and digital transformation.

The global objective of this Call for Proposals is to stimulate sustainable and inclusive employment through entrepreneurship[1] and innovation.

The specific objective of this call for proposals is to enhance women’s access to economic opportunities, by providing technical and capacity building and financial resources to existing and new women entrepreneurs and initiatives, strengthening business associations, women cooperatives CSOs and CBOs capacity to sustain further support.

[1] Entrepreneurship refers to an individual or a small group of partners who strike out on an original path to create a new business.

The priorities of this call for proposals is/are:

  1. Increased technical and financial competencies of targeted groups, in particular women entrepreneurs in rural areas;
  2. Enhanced research and innovation capabilities in the entrepreneurship ecosystem with a focus on innovative, sustainable and inclusive business models;
  3. Knowledge generation, awareness raising and evidence-based advocacy at public and private sector levels to enhance and promote gender-sensitive policy dialogue and innovative women entrepreneurship opportunities; and
  4. Enhanced role of civil society in promoting an entrepreneurship culture, including organisations addressing economic empowerment, gender equality, social inclusion and participation of marginalised groups.
  5. Enhanced women economic justice through fair economic structures, inclusive market systems and social norms.

Countries covered:

  • Jordan