Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

An Analysis of Civic Engagement and Political Participation Programs of Organizations Working in the Field in Amman and Zarqa, Jordan

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

This analysis entailed interviews with the leaders of over twenty community-based organizations who have initiated specific programs to advance a common goal of engaging young men and women in society and promote gender equality in Jordan; training and educating Jordanian youth and women to provide them with better job opportunities and to become agents of change in their communities; and promoting the social, political, and economic empowerment of women in the community. This study is aiming to provide a micro-level analysis identifying the reasons and barriers responsible for a lack of engagement in public life, while concurrently exploring how to remove macro-level obstacles that hinder meaningful participation, acting in a local context. The study revealed many parallels between the existing programs with regards to their mission statements, initiatives, successes, challenges, and hopes for the future. Almost all of the individuals and organizations have established specific programs to help them carry out the overlapping goals that emerge when working to increase political participation and civic engagement.

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