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On Wednesday, November 27, 2019, An-Najah National University in ‎collaboration with MoreThanAJob project consortium’s partners were gathered for ‎two days at Grand Hyatt Amman Hotel, Jordan to launch their project. ‎

The delegation from An-Najah included Dr. Mohammad Al-Subu, Vice President ‎for Academic Affairs, Dr. Imad Ibrik, Coordinator of Scientific centers at the ‎University, Eng. Fadia Hashayka from An-Najah's Energy Research Center, and ‎Ms. Fatima Sakhil from the Financial Department.‎

The first meeting started by an opening speech delivered by Mr. Emad ‎Shana’ah, ENI CBC MED National Contact Point – Jordan, and a welcome note ‎delivered by the project coordinator Dr. Imad Ibrik welcoming the seven fellow ‎partners coming from the five below Mediterranean countries: An-Najah National ‎University (ANNU) – Palestine, Nablus chamber of commerce and industry ‎‎(NCCI) – Palestine, Ministry of Public Works & Housing (MPWH) – Jordan, ‎Mutah University (MUTAH) – Jordan, Business Consultancy and Training ‎Services (BCTS) – Lebanon, International Cooperation (CESIE) – Italy, Euro ‎training Educational Organization SA (EUROTRAINING) – Greece.‎

The project aims to enforce social inclusion of vulnerable, and unemployed populations ‎by applying best practices for more effective collaboration of the social and ‎solidarity economy (SSE) actors with the public administration.‎

It is worth mentioning that MoreThanAJob (Reinforcing social and solidarity ‎economy for the unemployed, uneducated and refugees) is a project funded by the ‎European Union, under the ENI CBC MED program. The program is managed by ‎the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy) and aims to promote cross-border ‎collaboration in the Mediterranean region. ‎

This two million euros project is expected to contribute in the promotion of social ‎inclusion by providing at least 3 train-the-trainer workshops for public ‎administration officers, 100 participants in training sessions for SSE actors, 90 ‎public officers trained in employment and education schemes for refugees, ‎‎€200,000 in sub-grants to support innovative SSE initiatives, 10 agreements ‎between public administrations and relevant stakeholders for coordinated planning ‎and implementation of social services as well as the publication of 6 reports ‎containing new/improved policy recommendations.‎

At the end of the event, the partners agreed on conducting press ‎conferences in the five targeted countries; Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Italy and ‎Greece. Moreover, further work planning and discussions will be regularly ‎conducted between partners to insure an efficient implementation of the project in a ‎context specific environment.‎

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