CRISP - Project


Masarna – Effective Civic Engagement in Jordan

The project aims to contribute to the government’s efforts, by increasing the capacities of local CSOs in the fields of non-formal education techniques, as well as improving their technical and financial capabilities.

Quick facts


01.03.2020 – 31.12.2021


5 governorates in Jordan 

(Ajloun, Irbid, Al Zarqa, Amman and Karak)


more than 150 participants: municipality staff,

other local stakeholders,

partners, CDS, MOTIVE, audience.


ca. 4.000

After the successful creation of the Jordan Youth Vision 2030, the project supports its realization through the development and implementation of local initiatives by the youth themselves. Throughout the project, youth will not only be enabled to become active citizens and to take over responsibilities for their local communities, but will also become key-actors in realizing the developed Jordan Youth Vision. The project significantly contributes to setting-up the required groundwork to allow a comprehensive and far-reaching realization of the Jordan Youth Vision.

This project is divided into two Working-Packages (WP) that go in parallel. WP-1 offers a series of Capacity Building Workshops on Local Community Development that will enable youth to transfer their ideas for change into concrete initiatives. The initiatives will be implemented on the community level and eventually lead to the realization of the Vision for Jordanian Youth 2030. WP-2 is focusing on a favorable institutional set-up for civic engagement. The main goal of WP-2 is to create three Youth-Friendly Spaces in three different governorates. These spaces shall provide easy access to relevant know-how and further information about civil society engagement and furthermore allow youth to gather in a progressive, innovation-friendly environment where further ideas for civic engagement can flourish.

Project Goals

The goal of the project is to provide Jordanian youth with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to implement local  initiatives. The initiatives will be implemented on the community level and eventually lead to the realization of the Vision for Jordanian Youth 2030.

The project also aims to capacitate youth from Civil Society in Jordan to create three Youth-Friendly Spaces in three different governorates. This will enable the youth to become focal points for civic participation in their communities. These spaces will provide access to information about civil society engagement to allow youth to come together to improve civic engagement.

Target Groups

Main target group: Youth from Civil Society Organizations in Jordan.

Key actors within the project: Representatives of state actors and relevant Ministries, local civil society organizations and representatives of private and media sectors.


The project activities include two capacity building workshops which will prepare the participants to go through the process of developing drafts for their initiative ideas to implementing the community led initiatives on the ground. The most impactful initiatives from 2020 shall be upscaled, continuing the realization of the vision.  The project entails structural planning meetings to organize Youth-friendly Spaces and CSO-Hubs to create a sustainable platform for the developed initiatives locally. Finally, impact measurement of local initiatives will take place in form of one evaluation workshop followed by a closing event for the project as a whole.

Outcomes / Achievements

As this project builds capacities among key actors of civil society (trainers) and subsequently empowers and encourages youth (between 18 and 35 years old) in bringing forward their interests and new ideas in developing and presenting alternative problem solving approaches, as well as being aware of opportunities for participating in the decision making processes, the project supports positive civic engagement.

The outcome of the project is to have youth friendly spaces as well as the establishment of one national hub (CSO Hub) that is self-supported and independent so the trainers trained in the course of this project manage to convey not only the results, but further the general idea of experience-based learning into sustainable structures as well. The Civil-Society-Hub will significantly contribute to a long-term development of Jordan’s Civil Society, by offering capacity-building-workshops, legal assistance, networking-events and potentially becoming the point of contact for all youth willing to become personally engaged in their communities. Additionally, another outcome is to create communication channels between official decision-makers and civil society actors.

Project Summary
Local Initiative: Pathways of hope, Karak, Tafilah and Ma'an
Local Initiative: To Pave a Pathway Irbid, Amman and all governorates of Jordan
Local Initiative: Participate, Amman, Zarqa, Ajloun


The project was designed and implemented in close cooperation with


This project is supported with German Federal Foreign Office’s funds by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), Funding Programme zivik.