CRISP - Crisis Simulation for Peace e.V.

“Masarna” – Our Pathway: Fostering Jordan Youth Vison Towards Effective Civic Engagement and Self-Reliance

The project contributed to the government's efforts by increasing the capacities of local CSOs inthe fields of non-formal education techniques, as well as enhancing their technical and financialcapabilities.The project contributed to the government's efforts by increasing the capacities of local CSOs ithe fields of non-formal education techniques, as well as enhancing their technical and financiacapabilities. The project contributed to the government's efforts by increasing the capacities of local CSOs in the fields of non-formal education techniques, as well as enhancing their technical and financial capabilities.

Following  the   successful   creation  of  the   Jordan  Youth   Vision   2030,  the  project   supported   its execution   through   the   development   and   implementation   of   local   initiatives   by   the   youth themselves. Throughout the project, young people were not only empowered to become active citizens and take responsibility for their local communities, but also became key players in the development   of   the   Jordan   Youth   Vision.   The   project   contributed   significantly   to   laying   the necessary foundation to enable a comprehensive and far-reaching realization of the Jordan Youth Vision.

This project was divided into two work packages (WP) that worked in parallel. WP 1 provided a series of training workshops on local community development that enabled youth to turn their ideas for change into concrete initiatives. The initiatives  were implemented at the community level leading to the realization of the Jordan Youth Vision 2030. Work package 2 focused on an enabling institutional set-up for civic engagement. The main objective of work package 2 was the   creation   of   three   Youth   Friendly   Spaces   in   three   different   governorates.   These   spaces represented easy access to relevant expertise and more information on civil society participation and allowed youth to gather in a progressive and innovation-friendly environment where new ideas for civic engagement could flourish.

Duration

01.03.2020 – 31.12.2021

Locations

5 governorates in Jordan  (Ajloun, Irbid, Al Zarqa, Amman and Karak)

Participants

more than 150 participants: municipality staff, other local stakeholders, partners, CDS, MOTIVE, audience.

Beneficiaries

ca. 4.000

Budget

424.720,92 EUR

 

Project Goals

The   objective   of   the   project   was   to   provide   Jordanian   youth   with   the   knowledge   and   skills needed to launch local initiatives. The initiatives were carried out at the community level and ultimately led to the realization of the Jordan Youth Vision 2030. The project also sought to empower Jordan's civil society youth to create three Youth Friendly Spaces   in   three   different   governorates.   This   enabled   youth   to become   focal   points   for   civic engagement in their communities. These spaces provided access to information on civil society participation allowing youth to come together to enhance 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.

Activities

Project activities included two training workshops that prepared participants  to go through the process of developing drafts of their initial ideas for implementing community-led initiatives on the   ground.   The   most   impactful   2020   initiatives   were   scaled   up,   giving   continuity   to   the development of the vision.  The project included structural planning meetings to organize Youth Friendly   Spaces   and   CSO   Centers   to   create   a   sustainable   platform   for   locally   developed initiatives.   Finally,   measuring   the   impact   of   the   local   initiatives   was   done   by   an   evaluation workshop followed by a closing event

Outcomes / Achievements

The   project   supported   positive   civic   engagement   as   it   built   capacity   among   key   civil   society actors (trainers) and subsequently trained and encouraged young people (aged 18-35) to bring their   interests   and   new   ideas   into   the   development   and   presentation   of   alternative   problem-solving   approaches,   and   to   become   aware   of   opportunities   to   participate   in   decision-making processes.

As a result, the project created youth-friendly spaces, as well as a self-sufficient and independent national center (CSO Hub), so that the trainers prepared during this project would pass on the results and the general idea of experiential learning in sustainable structures. The Civil Society Hub contributed significantly to the long-term development of Jordanian civil society, offering training workshops, legal assistance, networking events  and potentially becoming  the point of contact  for  all  young  people   wishing  to  become  personally  involved  in  their  communities.  A final positive outcome was the creation of 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