November 04, 2018

The Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan launched “Qararuna” project: Strengthening civil society institutions in Jordan, aimed at increasing influence in democratic change processes, with the joint support of the Spanish Agency for International Development and Cooperation and the European Union.

The new project under the name of: “Qararuna: Strengthening Civil Society Organizations in Jordan Towards Better Influencing on the Democratization Process”, which is combined under the Centre’s mandate to contribute to the democratization process through civil and peaceful frameworks, to activate strategic and political studies and to strengthen civil society in Jordan and the Middle East Region.

Qararuna project is implemented at CSS during 30 months. The project is funded in cooperation with the Spanish Agency for International Development and Cooperation (AECID) and the European Union (EU). It aims at supporting and strengthening the role of civil society organizations (CSOs) in contributing to democratization and good governance; and influencing policy making through fostering active civil society organizations in the promotion of political participation, advocacy, electoral observation and parliamentary monitoring, through focusing on women and youth.

The project involves carrying out a research study on the current situations and capacities of civil society organizations, which will be the fundamental entry towards designing training programs that target civil society organizations working in the related above mentioned fields. 

The 30-months project aims at supporting and strengthening the role of civil society organizations (CSOs) in contributing to democratization and good governance; and influencing policy making through fostering active civil society organizations in the promotion of political participation, advocacy, electoral observation and parliamentary monitoring, through focusing on women and youth.

CSS Director Prof. Musa Shteiwi said in his opening speech that the project involves carrying out a research study on the current situations and capacities of civil society organizations, which will be the fundamental entry towards designing training programs that target civil society organizations working in the related fields.

 

UJ President Prof. Abdul Karim Al Qudah said at the launching ceremony that the University is keen to become a model for university- civil society organizations partnership to achieve comprehensive and sustainable development.

In her remarks, Ambassador of Spain to Jordan Aranzazu Banon Davalos said that the project provides an opportunity for the CSOs to identify strategies to overcome challenges and to dialogue over issues that are essential to democratic governance, such as civic education, electoral processes, women participation, right to information and advocacy. 

EU Ambassador to the kingdom Andrea Matteo Fontana pointed out that the European Union strongly believes in the role of civil society organizations in supporting democratization and political reform, indicating that the project will contribute to enhancing the capacity of the civil society organizations in Jordan.