Informal Livelihoods Advancement Activity (Iqlaaع)


Funding Opportunity ID: 334790
Opportunity Number: 72027821RFA00006
Opportunity Title: Informal Livelihoods Advancement Activity (Iqlaaع)
Opportunity Category: Other
Opportunity Category Explanation: Economic Development and Energy (EDE)
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Community Development
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 98.001
Eligible Applicants: Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: USAID-JOR
Agency Name: Agency for International Development
Jordan USAID-Amman
Posted Date: Jul 18, 2021
Close Date: Sep 02, 2021 Deadline for Question: August 2, 2021
Last Updated Date: Jul 18, 2021
Award Ceiling: $75,000,000
Award Floor: $75,000,000
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards:
Description: The Informal Livelihoods Advancement Activity Iqlaa is a five- year activity that aims to put Jordanian Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) on a path to recovery after the extraordinary crisis that the businesses have faced, help them access the safety net measures in Jordan, and, most importantly, regain productivity and growth. The proposed design will integrate key learnings from the Local Enterprise Support (LENS) Activity, scale up previous USAID interventions in the areas of informal MEs, and expand some of its pilot activities, such as Home Based Businesses support and micro- franchising in local economies. The proposed new design will consist of activities and grants to get micro and small enterprises back to work, link them back to markets, and put them on a track to formalization and growth. Through these initiatives, the activity will ultimately help to stabilize the economic situation in Jordan. The proposed design is aligned with the goals of USAID/Jordan’s CDCS: “Jordan advances its journey to self reliance by creating private sector-led economic opportunities for a healthy, well educated population, improving water security, increasing citizen-state trust, and reducing barriers for women and youth.” Furthermore, it aligns with the strategic choices highlighted in the new CDCS, which begins with: “Economic growth remains the top priority for USAID and the GoJ and has the greatest potential to enhance Jordan’s self-reliance.” The design not only promotes economic growth and self-reliance, but most importantly it supports a vulnerable group within the Jordanian economy whose wellbeing is critical to the country’s overall stability.
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