The Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation will spend NIS 7.5 million over the next three years to combat Beduin unemployment in the Negev.
The money will be used to aid implementation of the center's current projects, which aim to establish 120 businesses in the area. The projects include setting up a tourism incubator in the area as well as expanding the Association for Improving the Status of Beduin Women in Society.
Unemployment in the seven Beduin towns is currently 20 percent, which is the highest level in Israel. Only 30% of the Beduin work force has stable employment and over 60% of Beduins live below the poverty line.