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Bottom-Up Innovation: The Syrian Voices and Accountability Program

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

This paper outlines ARDD’s usage of multi-fasceted approaches in a holistic way such as psychosocial-legal approach which is not only sustainable during a protracted humanitarian crisis, but innovative in the face of institutional barriers, whether they are social, cultural, institutional or legal barriers. Furthermore, it encourages beneficiaries to develop their own innovative solutions to the challenges they face. By highlighting three projects that began and emerged from Project Voice, this paper will illuminate ARDD’s innovative approach and how it utilizes empowerment through knowledge as well as advocacy in order to assist the Syrian refugee population and their Jordanian host communities. This paper will explore how programs function for camp refugees well as urban refugees. Zaatari Refugee Camp, where several of ARDD’s projects have been implemented, is an especially interesting ecosystem to consider because it is a “city-like” refugee camp that was one of the first refugee camps in the world to have a fully functioning legal system within its walls.

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