Poverty Alleviation and Women Refugees in the Middle East: Empowerment through Grassroots Entrepreneurship? 2019

​​​​Aiming to gain a deeper, richer, and more nuanced understanding of the experiences and empowerment of Arab refugee women displaced from Iraq, Palestine, and Syria, to Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at AUB contributed as a local partner with Plymouth University on a three-year research project titled Poverty alleviation and women refugees in the Middle East: Empowerment through grassroots micro-entrepreneurship?

The project explored whether these Arab refugee women succeeded in alleviating poverty for themselves, their families, and communities through micro-entrepreneurship and whether they created sustainable community-based solutions to poverty alleviation in their host nations of Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.

The findings of this project were published in a research report, policy brief, and infographic (English | Ara​bic).

This project was funded by the United Kingdom’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the collaboration with the Department for International Development (DfID).