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. UDA Consulting with King Hussein Foundation, American University of Beirut and University of Nottingham runs the project to address the poverty alleviation and empowerment of women refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. This 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.
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