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MEPI in Jordan

MEPI works with its Jordanian partners to build the capacity of civil society groups, women's organizations, political parties, and youth to engage more fully in Jordanian civic life and in the political process. MEPI also assists the Jordanians' efforts to reform their judicial system to make it more independent, accountable, reliable, and transparent.



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  • A Group photo of the 22 fellows participating in the program in Syracuse
    New Cohort of Leaders for Democracy Fellows

    The seventh cohort of Leaders for Democracy Fellows arrived in the U.S. on March 18, kicking off the six-week long academic portion of their fellowship. The twenty-two Fellows are based at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs where they will complete coursework in democracy studies, conflict resolution, political mobilization, and communication. 

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    Center Assists Former Inmates in Jordan Reintegrate into Society

    Jordanian human rights activist Dr. Abdallah Alnasser received a MEPI local grant in 2011 to conduct a study on current and former inmates in Jordanian prisons, and to advocate for correctional reform in partnership with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs). 

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    Jorday TV Helps Students and Youth Become Professional Journalists

    Through MEPI-funding, Jordanian media startup Jorday TV launched a six-month project to train students and young media enthusiasts to become professionals in the field. The Nudarebkom project offers key skills, including interviewing, event coverage, and video storytelling. 

  • A group of women sitting around a table looking at a laptop screen and one man standing talking to them
    Public Opinion Research: A Tool for Rising Women Leaders

    Public opinion research provides political parties and activists’ with insight into constituents’ perceptions and needs, and enhances policymakers’ abilities to respond to voters. Elected officials at all levels of government utilize public opinion data to improve citizens’ access to services and to better engage constituents, which is essential to increasing political participation. 

  • A group photo of the 17 Civic Education Leadership Fellows at the Department of State in Washington
    Civic Education Leaders Visit Washington

    The sixth cohort of the MEPI-funded Civic Education Leadership Fellows (CELF) visited the U.S. Department of State in Washington. The 13 Fellows – all university professors from the Middle East and North Africa – are completing three-month residencies at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University.  

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    Your Voice Counts!

    The MEPI-funded Your Voice Counts project recently held workshops for young Jordanians on political participation in preparation for the Parliamentary Elections. The workshops included seminars on the political process, electoral law, new constitutional amendments, and the role of the parliament. 

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    Middle East Legal Training Stimulates Study of International Commercial Law

    More than 40 students from 7 universities in Bahrain, Jordan, Iraq, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and the UAE gathered to refine their skills in practical applications of commercial laws with a focus on arguing sample cases before arbitrators. The training was held February 10-14, at the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution in Abu Dhabi. 

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    MENA Students Enter Young Entrepreneurs Competition

    In 2012, over 5400 high school and university students from the Middle East and North Africa competed for spots on the MEPI-supported sixth annual INJAZ Al-Arab Young Entrepreneurs Competition. Seventy five students secured finalist spots for the competition which took place in November 2012 in Doha, Qatar.  

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    Jordanian Bedouin Women Engage in Entrepreneurship and Activism

    Jordanian civil society organizations, Khuzama and Nafal Association for Safawi Women collaborate on a MEPI-funded project to help Bedouin women generate additional income for themselves and their families using their experience in handicrafts.  

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    Jordanian Youth and Women Actively Participate in their Communities

    MEPI partnered with the Jordanian organization MOSAWAH (Equality) to empower youth and women in the Mafraq Governorate to become more active in their communities. MOSAWAH provided training for participants on advocacy, with a focus on digital and audiovisual outreach.  

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    Women’s Rights Advocacy Succeeds in the Region

    Vital Voices’ MEPI-funded “Policy-Advocates for Women’s Issues in the Middle East and North Africa” project mentored teams of women activists and provided them training in advocacy, social media outreach, and project management over the past two years. Each country team selected a public policy issue identified as a priority and implemented nationwide campaigns to lobby for needed reforms. 

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    MEPI Alumni Network in Jordan Supports Syrian Refugees

    In response to the interests of MEPI alumni in Jordan who wanted to find ways to support Syrian refugees in their communities, the MEPI Alumni Chapter based in Amman organized three activities to support Syrian refugees in Jordan from October to December, 2012.  

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    Vital Voices Project Aims to Improve the Lives of Women Across the Region

    On October 25, 2012 Vital Voices hosted a panel discussion at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. at which participants shared successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the MEPI-funded Policy Advocates for Women Issues in the Middle East and North Africa project.  

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    MEPI Partner Uses New Media to Inform Citizenry

    Through its Social Media|Social Action (SM|SA) project, MEPI partner IREX recently issued a solicitation to provide small grants to youth-serving non-governmental organizations (NGOs) interested in leveraging media tools and approaches to increase the outcomes and impact of their organizations’ activities. 

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    MEPI Launches 214 New Projects in 2012

    As of September 30, 2012 (the end of Fiscal Year 2012), MEPI awarded an unprecedented number of grants to international and indigenous organizations working throughout the Middle East and North Africa region. These grants reflect a large increase in civil society activities in MENA, and strong demand for MEPI support, especially in countries that recently experienced democratic transitions. 

  • Senator Jack Reed speaking behind a podium to a group of students with the American flag in the background
    Students Leaders Learn About Civil Society and Leadership

    A total of 118 undergraduate students from across the Middle East and North Africa participated in the 2012 MEPI Student Leaders Program in Washington, D.C. The program brings civically engaged students with outstanding academic achievements from universities throughout the region to the U.S. to study civil society, democratic participation, and leadership. 

  • A group of youth in a workshop session
    International Youth Activism Summit Promotes Cross-Border Collaboration

    In June 2012, MEPI partner Soliya convened an international summit during which thirty-four Fellows ages 20 to 30, from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East met to work together towards the betterment of their communities.  

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    Jordanian Activists join Government Officials to Raise Awareness on Rights of Working Mothers

    On May 18, 2012, in Amman, over 300 people participated in an Awareness Walk on the Rights of Working Mothers as part of the MEPI-funded Vital Voices “Policy Advocates for Women’s Issues in the MENA Region” project. Prominent women activists Lara Ayoub, Esraa Mahadin, and Randa Naffa led the walk. 

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    IFES and Arab Parliamentarians Work on Political Finance in MENA

    Recent electoral events in the MENA region have led to calls for greater transparency and accountability. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems and the Arab Region Parliamentarians Against Corruption are working on the MEPI-funded “Enhancing Transparency in Political Finance in the Arab Region” project to increase stakeholders’ awareness on issues relating to political finance. 

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    Young Activists Produce Films to Capture Change

    After extensive training in media production and community engagement provided by U.S.-based NGO Soliya and MEPI, 110 young civil society leaders throughout the Middle East and North Africa are harnessing the power of new media technologies to promote informed and constructive discourse on reform topics.  

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    MEPI Partners with the League of Women Voters to Advance Reform in the Region

    MEPI is pleased to announce the G8 Broader Middle East North Africa (BMENA) Initiative partnership with the U.S. –based NGO the League of Women Voters. The BMENA Initiative is a multilateral effort to promote cooperation between the G-8 and BMENA governments and civil society to advance reform efforts throughout the region.  

  • Secretary Clinton speaking at the 2012 International Women of Courage Awards ceremony
    MEPI Commemorates International Women’s Day 2012

    On International Women’s Day 2012, MEPI recognizes this critical moment for women’s rights in the MENA region. The Arab Spring has brought profound change to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), change that includes both promise and uncertainty. 

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    Media Projects for Youth Promote Cutting-Edge Skills and Social Responsibility

    MEPI media projects place a special emphasis on youth, helping them to understand the importance of independent reporting and responsible journalism and to become savvy social media users. Jordanian civil society organization Madaba for Supporting Development partnered with MEPI in training Jordanian middle school students in running an online radio station.  

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    Social Media Training Advances Jordanian and Lebanese NGOs and Businesses

    From March 20-21, the Institute of International Education’s “E-Mediat” project, funded by MEPI, provided training on new media skills to Lebanese and Jordanian businesses and non-governmental organizations. The classes provided approximately 60 participants with advanced social media training.  

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    MEPI-Sponsored Campaign Supports Working Mothers in Jordan

    Partnering with MEPI, Vital Voices’ Jordan Policy Advocates team collaborated with local Jordanian organization Al-Hayat to organize the Sadaqa (“Friendship”) campaign to create a supportive work environment for working mothers in Jordan.