The National Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) launches the EU Support to Civil Society in Jordan Project

On 22 March, 2017

The National Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) launched the EU Support to Civil Society in Jordan Project, implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, and funded by the European Union. The overall objective of the project is to strengthen democracy in Jordan through increased participation of citizens in political life. The Project aims at enhancing the capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to advocate and build awareness among citizens about their social, economic, cultural and political rights.

The NCHR Commissioner General, H.E. Dr. Mousa Buraizat, stated in his welcoming remark that the Center agreed to take on the management of this grant, and overseeing its implementation in collaboration with other partners, because of its confidence that this Project represents an important step towards developing the appropriate approaches among civil society organizations in dealing with issues affecting the local communities, that will undoubtedly contribute to creating a qualitative leap in the citizen engagement and influence in public life, in developing policies, and in decision-making at the national and local levels.

Dr. Buraizat added during the Project’s Launch Ceremony held at Al Hussein Cultural Center that this Project which we launch today aims to improve the enabling environment and the conditions that foster the empowerment and the advancement of the civil society in Jordan, especially in remote and rural areas to enhance their involvement in developing policies, increase citizens' awareness of their political, economic, social, and cultural rights and develop initiatives for youth”.

The Ambassador of the EU to Jordan, H.E. Mr. Andrea Matteo Fontana affirmed in his speech the commitment of the European Union to support initiatives and projects aiming at increasing the participation of CSOs and CBOs in policy-making, providing adequate space for enhancing institutional collaboration, and maintaining dialogue and exchange of ideas, and information between local authorities and the civil society which contribute ultimately to the promotion of good governance and achieve the desired political and social reform.

H.E. the Ambassador added that we hope through our partnership with the National Centre for Human Rights that we will be able to achieve our objectives of eliminating obstacles to the work of civil society organizations, increase the momentum of the activities and meetings in order to enhance cooperation and exchange of ideas among all parties concerned to reach a formula that ensures consistency and complementarity of efforts, enhance political participation and monitoring reforms.

A documentary film was displayed during the event, presenting the Project’s objectives, beneficiaries, and its expected results.
The total amount of the EU grant for The “EU Support to Civil Society in Jordan” Project is EUR 3,200,000. The project has granted EUR 2,000,319.54 to twelve (12) Civil Society Organizations, who will be covering all governorates through their activities. Each of the (12) lead applicants has minimum of (4) co-applicants from Community Based Organizations (CBOs).
EUR 585,930.00 has been given to a number of CSOs and specialized entities in the form of service contracts that will participate in implementing the project’s activities.

The National Centre for Human Rights was established in 2003 to protect human rights, promote its culture, monitor its status, provide legal consultations and assistance, handle complaints, and observe human rights violations with a view to end them and eliminate their effects.