AISHA: Resilient Refugee Women Project
The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DfID) ESRC DFID GRANT Reference ES/N014405/1 Poverty Alleviation and Women Refugees in the Middle East: Empowerment through Grassroots Micro-Entrepreneurship.
Contemporary political volatility, protest and civil war within the Middle East region has led to far reaching socio-economic upheaval and strife with a devastating impact generating mass displacement with ensuing poverty for refugees (UNHCR, 2014). Most often, women and children are the worst affected (Al Dajani and Marlow, 2013; Holmes, 2007) as they have limited power and bear the brunt of much of the devastation (Kuttab, 2008; Chatty, 2010). Yet, they are largely absent from forums where solutions to the problems of displacement and poverty are deliberated. The proposed study encompasses a ‘bottom up’ approach to inform critical future policy and practice directions for the poverty alleviation of displaced and refugee populations in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.