Projects

Youth, Peace and Security - Promoting the Role of Young Jordanians in Conflict Prevention, Counter Extremism and Peacebuilding

The project focuses on the landmark UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. The resolution, sponsored by Jordan, was adopted in December 2015 and deals with the topic of peace and security from a youth perspective. It explores how conflict impacts young people’s lives and what must be done to mitigate its effects, as well as how youth can be meaningfully included in creating peaceful communities. The participation of youth in peace processes means that both young people and youth organisations should be consulted and involved in decision-making.

Jordan Independent Economy Watch

The project provides Jordanians with clear and comprehensive economic information, through which it will increase the level of transparency and understanding of the Jordanian economy and the Economic Reform Program under the IMF’s Stand-by Arrangement. Regular reports on the macro and budgetary Economic situation will enable open dialogue between all stakeholders and decision makers on Jordan’s long-term economic priorities while working collectively to determine the best path.

Gender Auditing of Municipalities in Jordan

Gender equality is one of the key elements for sustainable development in democratic societies. Jordanian politics remains largely a male-dominated enterprise, but the latest municipal elections in Jordan in August 2013 represented a major stride for women’s political participation in the kingdom. Women candidates won 345 of the 961 seats in municipals councils, i.e. 36% of those seats, an increase of over 28% from the 2007 elections. 51 of the 345 were elected outside of the quota system.

Conflict Sensitivity, Prevention, and Peace Building in Jordan

Identity Center has been working on a yearlong project since March 2013 to build the capacity of civil society institutions across Jordan. The project invests local organisations with the requisite tools and techniques to facilitate societal integration, mediation, and dialogue to promote peaceful inter-communal relations and help prevent the emergence of conflicts between Syrian refugees in Jordan and their host communities.

Policy Development Unit

In January 2013 the Identity Center established its Policy Development Unit to undertake participatory research and produce policy papers that respond to key social, political and economic issues in Jordan. Policy papers are used by the Center to inform advocacy campaigns, and are also published to provide decision makers with alternatives to current policies. Papers that have been produced so far have focused on national identity, decentralisation and empowering parliament.