In 2016, Johanniter and the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR) received funding from the BMZ to promote the economic empowerment of persons with disabilities in the West Bank. The 3-years project produced a market study based on which subsequent activities were designed: More than 280 persons with disabilities received career counseling, more than 70 were referred to vocational training, 35 found employment while more than 130 attended business training. 75 out of those trainees received loans to start their own business with a success rate of almost 90% by the end of the evaluation. These interventions were complemented by awareness raising that addressed a broad spectrum of actors (employers, Chambers of Commerce, Vocational Training Centers, policy makers etc.) and the public at large.
The findings of the evaluation highlight the importance of such comprehensive approach that targets not only persons with disabilities at an individual level but also barriers for them to accessing training and (self-)employment and the promotion of an enabling environment for their sustainable economic participation. On the other hand, the findings draw attention to the need for more targeted efforts to ensure that women with disabilities and persons with mental and intellectual disabilities equally participate in and benefit from such interventions. A summary of the key lessons learnt of the project can be found by clicking the photo on the right. For further information please contact us.