The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands supports the continuous improvement of the human rights situation in Jordan. Although respect for human rights ranks high on the national agenda, Jordan still has to work hard to implement the desired changes. The positive stance of the Jordanian government on this issue has led to a more open society, allowing debate on many themes and in some cases improving laws. The Embassy benefits from this positive mind-set to support various awareness-raising and capacity building activities.
Believing in the role civil society organizations can play in promoting a pluralistic, free and just society, governed by the rule of law the Embassy is currently supporting the following projects.
Shiraka projects selected in 2018
Creating New Economic Opportunities for Communities Along the Southern Jordan Trail
Implemented by: Leaders International for Economic Development
Leaders International’s program aims to work with the Jordan Trail to bridge economic benefits to local communities whilst increasing authentic experiences and fulfilling market needs. The project will utilize a multi-faceted approach whereby MSME’s will receive skills trainings in order to upgrade existing businesses to meet visitors’ needs. Moreover, Leaders International aims to facilitate the linkages between MSME’s and larger SME’s that are more established and possess market knowledge and networks – thus providing an avenue to market their products/services beyond the tourism sector with Karak, Dana, and Petra as the hub markets.
Phi’s Applied & Innovative Research Project (PAIR Project)
Implemented by: Phi Science Institute
Phi Science Institute’s project aims to produce a program that empowers Jordan’s youth through applied scientific research and innovation. Phi Applied and Innovative Research (PAIR) project fixates on research and innovation, in which young researchers and innovators gather and form multi-disciplinary research groups to learn, experiment, and apply their knowledge in research and innovation to turn their ideas into tangible products and prototypes. The project integrates applied scientific research with innovation and entrepreneurship. It aims to build a scientific community from young researchers and entrepreneurs from all over Jordan who can use science as a tool to build scientifically-based businesses.
Alyusr Project for Sustainable Rural Women and Youth Empowerment
Implemented by: Durrat Almanal for Development and Training (DMDT)
The project aims to create income-generating activities with a particular focus on women. It consists of the second phase of the Al Yusur Moringa project, which works on developing a story of the women in the Southern Ghor through the integration of the Moringa tree in their lives as a source of income and healthy diet. Durrat Almanal for Development and Training will focus on empowering women through a variety of tools that take advantage of the location of the Southern Ghor as the lowest part on earth and in the green house of Jordan. The tools include training in economic empowerment, rural and agri-toursim, food preparation and service and marketing.
Implemented by: INJAZ for creation of opportunities for Jordanian youth
mySTARTUP aims to create income-generating activities with a particular focus on youth at universities. The project is designed to invest in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Jordan, INJAZ aims to build the entrepreneurship capacities of youth in Jordan at the idea-generation level. Moreover it aims to raise the youth’s awareness and knowledge with regards to every aspect of the start-ups with tailored training courses that are conducted based on an extensive needs-assessment, and through organizing, capacity-building trainings, pitching trainings, events and simulations.
Shiraka projects selected in 2017
Demand-driven Job Placement and Self-Employment Training Programs for Sustainable Employment
Implemented by: Jordan Education for Employment (JEFE)
JEFE’s program aims at addressing youth unemployment and alleviate poverty in Jordan by delivering demand-driven job placement and self-employment training programs for marginalized youth. The program provides auto mechanics and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) training to youth from Amman, and micro-entrepreneurship training to youth from Tafila and Karak. Employment in the private sector will be sought for the graduates of the Amman program, while mentoring and seeds funding for the best 12 best business ideas in Tafila and Karak will be provided.
Heritage Value as a Driver for Economic Growth through Participatory Community-based Tourism
Implemented by: Tarmeem Center for Preservation and Conservation of Cultural and Natural Heritage
The program is a sustainable tourism project that aims to invest in cultural and natural landscape mixed with the community’s tangible and intangible heritage. The project’s main components include the restoration and rehabilitation of the Al Matan Heritage Village, develop eco-lodges and create tourism routes. The transformation of Al Matan in a create tourism destination will be realized by means of an interactive cultural exchange model. This mode specifically addresses the role of heritage as a driver of sustainable economic growth and the importance of an active community in tourism development and management.
Human Rights Fund projects selected in 2018
Promoting accountability and local governance in Jordan through independent media.
Implemented by: Hiber for Technology and Training (7iber)
7iber’s project aims to increase public awareness on issues of governance, accountability, and economic policy in Jordan. The project will train and mentor aspiring journalists from across the country, building their capacity to produce engaging and data-driven reports. It will also provide a national platform for these reports to reach the socially- and politically-engaged audiences of 7iber and ARIJ. The project attempts to increase the capacity of accessible journalism on governance and accountability in Jordan at the community level within governorates outside of Amman.
Improving Jordan’s Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) Industry
Implemented by: Partners for Good
This initiative intends to create transparency between MFIs and the clients by enhancing the communication strategies of MFIs, to improve and sustain the success of the microfinance industry to benefit local communities whilst protecting the socio-economic rights of the most vulnerable of its beneficiaries. The project works with several key stakeholders, such as the Central Bank and the MFIs network (Tanmeyah). Overall, Partners for Good aims to create a better understanding of the responsibilities carried by the MFI and client respectively. Additionally the project is drafted to outline consumer rights that safeguard vulnerable populations, especially women who make up 74% of Jordan’s clients.
Increased Access to Information on Human Rights through Media in Jordan.
Implemented by: Journalists for Human Rights (JHR)
Through the implementation of this project, Journalists for Human Rights will promote press freedom, access to information and encourage the public dialogue through a rights-based approach to media development in Jordan, with a focus on female journalists and governorates outside of Amman. The ultimate objective of the project is to enhance informed public dialogue on human rights issues in Jordan through improved understanding of and access to information. The project will work to equip media communities in Jordan with skills and tools needed to facilitate and inform such dialogue effectively and safely at local and national levels.
Socio Economic Development for Marginalized Workers in Jordan
Implemented by: Tamkeen Fields for Aid (Tamkeen)
Tamkeen’s project engages in informal, agriculture and construction sectors to explore the violations workers experience. The project aims to raise awareness regarding labour laws and generally about the status of the vulnerable workers in the aforementioned sectors. This support will then be mobilized in media and advocacy campaigns to enforce implementation of decent work recommendations. Moreover, the project aims to offer legal aid services to vulnerable workers and capacity-building trainings to high-level stakeholders in government positions.
“Second Chance”: Enhancing Legal Protection for Juveniles and Vulnerable You
Implemented by: Justice Center for Legal Aid (JCLA)
JCLA’s project addresses the lack of legal protection for juveniles and vulnerable children and attempts to enhance legal protection systems in Jordan by shifting the narrative from punitive to reformative justice through 3 main keys a) well trained access to justice service providers b) protection through the system and c) awareness raising.
The project engages relevant stakeholders, most notably with the Public Security Directorate (PSD) and the Ministry of Social Development (MoSD) to enhance and advocate for the use of alternative sanctions.
Human Rights Fund projects selected in 2017
Safeguarding the Rights of Detainees in Jordan
Implemented by: Adaleh Center for Human Rights Studies
Adaleh’s project aims to contribute to the prevention of torture practices in Jordan, through strengthening, supporting and developing the capacity of civil society in combating impunity and promoting accountability and the rule of law. Adaleh will invest in, among others, an improved legal framework and prepare and publish an annual monitoring report.
Tactically Advocating for Equal Rights of Women
Implemented by: Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) - New Tactics in Human Rights MENA Initiative (NT)
This project seeks to support Jordanian CSOs and activists as they work to improve the rights of women in Jordan in a variety of aspects, such as economic rights, employment rights, and the right to bodily safety and security which require the design and implantation of tactical and strategic advocacy campaigns. Training, coaching, and mentoring designed in the project will provide participants with new tactics to mobilize communities, help create open platforms with different stakeholders (officials, local community, CSOs), and address major violations of women’s rights. Up to 9 campaign action plans will be developed to address such violations. Small grants will be given to four campaigns to support implementation of their activities over the course of 10 months.
A Private Sector Approach to Increasing Women’s Economic Participation in Jordan
Implemented by: Freedom House
Freedom House will work with large-scale Jordanian companies and key stakeholders to improve the workplace environment and legal framework, both of which permit discrimination against women. The project aims to generate broad-based support for workplace gender equality that will increase women’s employment and improve working conditions for women.
Internet Freedom in Jordan
Implemented by: The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law Inc.
This project aims to increase awareness concerning the legal Jordanian framework that governs the use of social media among the Jordanian civil society as well as to create a better understanding of the current and proposed laws that violate individual rights and limit engagement and personal expression online according to international law. ICNL aims to increase the legal knowledge among the civil society stakeholders so that they can influence public policy, including advocacy against any restrictions on internet freedom. The project should lead to a greater capacity and ability to use new tools related to internet freedom and cyber security among civil society representatives and online activists.
From Principle to Practice: Understanding stereotypes that discriminate against women and pave the way for policy reform.
Implemented by: UN Women
The project will support the Government of Jordan and other national actors in the implementation of CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) and will focus specifically on the CEDAW Committee’s observations with regards to the elimination of stereotypes that discriminate against women. The Government of Jordan (GoJ) has ratified the CEDAW with three reservations in 1992, resulting in continuous recommendations by the CEDAW committee that the GoJ has to take urgent matters to overcome gender stereotyped social attitudes. Gender stereotyping continues to be buttressed by discriminatory legislation that undermines the ability of women to obtain their human rights. UN Women will examine the impact of gendered stereotypes in the Jordanian context and will subsequently establish a network of national and international governmental and national institutions that will promote the limitation of the existence of gender stereotypes. Hereafter a gamification platform will be piloted to change attitudes concerning gender roles.
Enabling Communities for Climate Change Adaption Planning: Understanding Gender Roles
Implemented by: West Asia – North Africa Institute (WANA)
The project aims at augmenting the capacity of civil society and youth in three climate change hotbeds of Jordan. The project comprises a set of interventions which will address a better understanding of climate change science and the ability to craft and deliver gender sensitive adaptation plans. The project will identify universities and environmental CBOs, who will be trained on gender mainstreaming in climate change, climate change mitigation, advocacy, campaigning etcetera. The students will engage in a competition to identify the best local modality to address climate change in their areas, while the CBOs will engage in a dialogue with local governments to place local adaptation needs on the public agenda.
Gender projects selected in 2018
Womenomics as a Community Priority (WCP)
Implemented by: JoWomenomics
JoWomenomics’ project will foster mind-set change in favor of women’s employment and link women to job opportunities through establishing corner-stone partnerships with the local community, the private sector and the Ministry of Labor (MoL). It aims to do so by training women on vocational jobs in garment factories, medical technology manufacturing industry and assembly lines of electronic materials and training them as Heating Ventilation and AC technicians. JoWomenomics’ project adheres to 3 main objectives:
- Raising the legitimacy of women’s employment in vocational jobs by working with local communities;
- Raising the desirability of women’s employment in vocational jobs by working with the local women;
- Linking graduates to job-offers in factories in Nothern Shouhe, Southern Shouneh, Madaba and Zarqa through private partnerships and a partnership with the Ministry of Labour/satellite factory division.
Advancing Gender Equality through Economic and Social Empowerment, and Protection Services targeting Women and Girls.
Implemented by: Jordan River Foundation (JRF)
JRF’s project aims to address the interlinked nature of livelihood and protection threats by empowering women economically to become part of the workforce, and by addressing cases of SGBV and domestic violence. The project is designed to reach 500 vulnerable families over two years (the total estimated number of beneficiaries from all households engaged with this program activities is estimated to be 2400; 65% females 35% males); raising their knowledge, empowering them emotionally and financially, ultimately lifting the women out of the vicious cycle of vulnerability, while preserving their family ties and benefiting their children and families along the way.
Its two tracks; the Livelihood Track, and the Family Protection Track are designed to optimize its result. A Family Advisor at each of the project locations will manage the overall wellness of each household by developing a plan for each family, and guiding one family member to complete a livelihood track, while the children and caregivers complete family protection track activities.