An-Najah University Journal for Research - B (Humanities)


The study aims to identify the role of the programs of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation in the pockets of poverty in Jordan where the percentage of poverty exceeds 25%. The study population consisted of women who benefit from productive projects that the ministry offers for those who live in areas of poverty. The study utilized quantitative research methods. The study sample consisted of 162 women beneficiaries who were selected through systematic random sampling from the lists of the institutions that implement the programs. The main findings of the study were that the implemented programs contributed to achieving economic empowerment of women by improving the level of income, enhancing the living, nutritional, health and housing conditions for women and their families. The programs also empowered women in making decisions, ownership, expression of opinions, possession of money and assets which in turn was reflected on women's role and status in their families and society. The study found outcomes indicated the presence of variables with statistical connotations for economic empowerment which were attributed to the difference in age, level of education, and family income. There were also variables with statistical connotations for empowerment which were attributed to marital status which were in favor of windowed women. The study pointed to some recommendations that would put the issues of empowering women in the list of priorities of economic policies and development goals of the government, and adopt more economic empowerment projects and programs to alleviate the suffering of women in pockets of poverty.