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13 Aug

Community Based Organisations Work Together on National Advocacy Strategy

40 community based organisations (CBOs) from four cities in Jordan attended a workshop on designing an advocacy strategy for regulatory reform in Amman. The workshop was organised on 12 and 13 August by the West Asia – North Africa (WANA) Institute.

The WANA Institute gathered the CBOs to discuss the main issues they face in their development work within local communities. The goal of the workshop was to collectively design an advocacy strategy for regulatory reform to advocate for the CBOs’ issues by reaching out to decision-makers and stakeholders.

During the morning sessions, the focus was on building alliances and designing a national advocacy strategy for regulatory reform. In the afternoon, the participating CBOs addressed different issues related to funding and legal challenges caused by laws and regulations in Jordan. 20 CBOs participated the first day, another 20 participated on the second. 

“The workshop was a great opportunity for us to meet other CBOs and discuss the new draft law and other issues related to our development work within our communities,” Thunaia Hammad from Sayedat Hayyan Association said. “We believe that our voices will be heard this time to be able to make a difference.”

The workshop was part of the Jordan Civil Society Initiative, funded by the Middle East Peace Initiative. The project aims at transforming Jordan’s civil society sector in an active and impactful development stakeholder by building the capacity of NGOs and Civil Society Organisations for strategy development, programme design, proposal writing, empirical research design, communication, advocacy for results, and impact evaluation methodologies. 

Funding provided by the United States Government

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