Al Mafraq - On June 27, 2020, “Afaq Jordan for Development and Training” will launch the “Youth Leaders” project which is co-funded by the European Union (EU) and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). This EUR 184,000 initiative aims at developing and empowering the Jordanian youth through creating and sustaining a youth leadership network targeting the northern part of Jordan.
The project will be implemented by “Afaq Jordan for Development and Training” between January 2020 and April 2021 within the framework of Qararuna, which is part of the EU-JDID (Jordanian Democratic Institutions Development) programme.
This initiative aims to increase the role of youth leaderships at the grassroot level to encourage and promote political and civic participation of young people in the northern Governorates of Jordan, including Al Mafraq, Irbid, Ajloun and Jerash, through creating a youth leadership network. The Network will include 20 Community Based Organisations under the leadership of Afaq Jordan, and 80 young leaders from the four Governorates, and aims to encourage youth participation in local and national affairs, and to strengthen youth voices in the decision making process. One thousand community members are expected to directly benefit from participation in this project.
The event, which was held online, was chaired by the Minister of Youth H.E Dr. Fares Al Braizat; with the participation of Her Excellency Maria Hadjitheodosiou, Ambassador of the European Union to Jordan, Her Excellency. Aránzazu Bañón Davalos, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain to Jordan and Mr Hasan Khazaleh, Director of Afaq Jordan. A virtual dialogue between the Independent Election Commission, civil society organizations and young people from the Northern Governorates took place as part of the event.
The European Union Ambassador emphasized that "Jordan is an ambitious country, with a young and well informed population, and we are fully convinced that it can have a very bright future, for all of its citizens. We hope that the AFAQ project will help develop and empower the youth, by creating youth leadership networks and building their competencies, to participate in public and political life in order to contribute to the development of this bright future."
Qararuna was established to strengthen the role of civil society in contributing to democratic governance and policy-making, and is an integral part of the EU-JDID program, “Support to Jordanian Democratic Institutions and Development”. The latter aims at supporting Jordan's reform process towards consolidating deep democracy, and promoting inclusiveness of national policy and decision-making processes, including women and youth, leading to a stronger democratic political culture, while enhancing the contribution of civil society in this process. This support is in line with the EU efforts to develop a vibrant civil society that is able to express the views and represent the interests of all segments of society, notably women and youth.
Press contact: Ms. Hayat Aldbeas, AFAQ Jordan: firstname.lastname@example.org