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                                         About                                    

The Rural Entrepreneurship, Job Creation and Human Security Division provides technical cooperation services to improve livelihoods in rural communities through productive activities. The focus is on business activities among socially and economically marginalized people, including in particular women and youth, in the farm and non-farm sectors. Both entrepreneurial and technical human skills and capacities are strengthened and matched with opportunities for producing new and improved marketable products. Knowledge and technology introduced in the rural communities match the absorptive and innovative capabilities of the poor and vulnerable segments of rural society.

The Division provides its technical cooperation services in close coordination with the other relevant departments and technical divisions and organizational entities of UNIDO as appropriate.

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  • A new beginning after the war, reintegration for Liberian returnees
    A new beginning after the war, reintegration for Liberian returnees

    “I believe it was the right choice to come back home. I feel good about coming home. The opportunities I have now would never have been available in a foreign country as a refugee.”

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  • ⁠‬⁩‘We are not forgotten’ – Syrians and Jordanians working side by side
    ⁠‬⁩‘We are not forgotten’ – Syrians and Jordanians working side by side

    The recent influx of over 600,000 Syrians has placed the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan under significant strain. In the north and central Badia regions, a United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) project is alleviating economic and social pressures by bringing refugees and host communities closer together.

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  • Zambia: heavy equipment engineering's no longer a male-dominated field
    Zambia: heavy equipment engineering's no longer a male-dominated field

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  • Tunisia's blossoming agribusiness sector
    Tunisia's blossoming agribusiness sector

    With the support of Mashrou3i, entrepreneurs are tapping into new opportunities and establishing new businesses

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  • With their own businesses and as workers, Egypt’s women can be winners
    With their own businesses and as workers, Egypt’s women can be winners

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  • Young Tunisian entrepreneur unlocks opportunities in the natural and organic cosmetics industry
    Young Tunisian entrepreneur unlocks opportunities in the natural and organic cosmetics industry

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  • Diversification: Tunisian company turns a crisis into an opportunity
    Diversification: Tunisian company turns a crisis into an opportunity

    When Createx, a company specializing in manufacturing clothes for export, lost its main client during the coronavirus crisis, it was the trigger to restructure

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  • Virtual reality training in Southern Africa
    Virtual reality training in Southern Africa

    The new technology fills a gap that many governments and training institutions in Africa are struggling to bridge: the need for more skilled workers. With an ageing workforce and lack of trained youth joining the job market, the vocational skills shortage is becoming a big problem. Virtual reality training can offer opportunities in a number of fields, giving people access to knowledge which can be used to improve their lives.

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Queens in overalls
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Training Africa water professionals for the future
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Promoting Gender equality in a male dominated course
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West Africa Competitiveness Programme