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03 Oct 2017

Regulatory Reform Needed to Strengthen Civil Society in Jordan

On 3 October, the West Asia – North Africa (WANA) Institute launched its Advocacy Strategy for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs): Towards a Regulatory Reform. The event was held under the patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, and was chaired by H.E Dr. Mohammad Abu Hammour, Secretary General...
30 Nov 2021

WANA Launches an Alumni Club for a Network of Researchers

Tuesday 30 November 2021 -The West Asia-North Africa Institute (WANA), in partnership with IM Swedish Development Partner, launched the Institute's Research Alumni Club for a network of researchers on issues of marginalised women and persons with disabilities. Upon completing the Research Training P...
10 Aug 2017

Stimulating Youth Participation in Public Policy and Decision-Making

The West Asia - North Africa (WANA) Institute and ESCWA hosted a three-day workshop in Amman this week on enhancing youth participation in public life and in the decision-making process. Twenty selected Jordanian youth leaders participated, representing youth organisations and associations, youth in...
17 Jan 2015

Working with the Canadian Government to empower the women of WANA

17/1/15 – Amman, Jordan: The WANA Institute will embark on a unique and ambitious women’s legal empowerment project, thanks to the generosity of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. The project, titled “Strengthening Women’s Leg...
13 Aug 2017

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 th...
13 Feb 2018

Jordanian Think Tanks Discuss the Role of Civil Society in Protecting Human Rights in Jordan

Jordanian think tanks and policy NGOs discussed the role of civil society organisations in protecting human rights during a roundtable discussion hosted by the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute on 13 February. The roundtable discussion highlighted the need to assure that Jordanian laws and reg...
01 Aug 2022

Cooperation to Integrate Sign Language into the Sawt Al Karak Radio Station

Today, Sawt Al Karak Radio translated one of its programmes into sign language, in preparation for the inclusion of this service in its visual content, which is broadcast on Facebook, and with the aim of the participation of persons with hearing disabilities in the issues raised on the radio. The tr...
05 Oct 2016

Takeaways from Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence Workshop in Amman

On September 28th, WANA researcher Annalisa Bezzi participated in a Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) workshop in Amman, the first in a series of events to be held in the region over the next 9 years. The programme, funded by the UK Department for International Development and managed b...
04 Oct 2021

WANA launches discussion to encourage youth’s active role in policymaking

AMMAN — The West Asia and North Africa Institute (WANA) on Tuesday held a discussion to increase young people’s skills to advocate for the issues facing young women and persons with disabilities (PwD) in Jordan and actively contribute to policy-making. The five-year programme, titled “Towards Inclus...
10 Dec 2017

Jordanian Civil Society as an Impactful Development Stakeholder

Over the next 7 months, 60 Jordanian Community-Based Organisations (CBOs), 5 policy NGOs and 5 think tanks will take part in the WANA Institute’s Civil Society project, funded by the European Union (EU). The first capacity building workshops took place in Aqaba on 9 and 10 December. The project “Str...
18 Sep 2017

Enhancing the Role of Civil Society in Jordan

The West Asia - North Africa (WANA) Institute hosted a half-day roundtable on strengthening civil society organisations on 18 September at the Royal Scientific Society in Amman. 28 policy-makers, academics, and experts from think tanks were invited to discuss the current situation of civil society o...
29 Sep 2022

Our rights ... People with Disabilities

Karak, 25 September 2022 - Today, the media campaign on the rights of persons with disabilities was concluded in Karak Governorate, which bore the title "About Our Rights" to raise awareness of the rights of persons with disabilities and how to claim them, it lasted five consecutive days.
19 Feb 2018

Donors, Government, Civil Society Discuss Development Priorities for Jordan

The West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute presented its policy paper on development priorities for Jordan to government officials and donor agencies on 19 February. The meeting aimed to find common ground between civil society organisations (CSOs), ministries, and donor agencies. The policy paper ...
24 Nov 2022

WANA launches roundtable discussion to encourage youth participation in policy-making

Amman - On behalf of Minister of Social Development, Wafa'a Bani Mustafa, Secretary General Bark Dmour has attended a recent roundtable discussion hosted by the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute to increase young people's skills in advocating for the elimination of barriers and issues confront...
23 Apr 2018

CBOs Meet with Potential Donors during Civil Society Project's Final Workshop

On 23 April, 22 Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) completed their series of capacity-building workshops as part of the Middle East Partnership Initiative’s (MEPI) civil society project carried out by the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute. During the final workshop on 22 and 23 April, potent...
02 Jan 2021

We have fears and Uncertainties!

Amman, Jordan - The West Asia and North Africa Institute (WANA) in partnership with IM Swedish Partner published four policy papers that aim to raise the voices of vulnerable women and people with disabilities to be heard by policy-makers in Jordan.  Through a Participatory Action Research (PAR) pro...
22 Dec 2019

Press conference to launch policy papers on the inclusive participation of vulnerable women and people with disabilities in social and economic life

Today, the West Asia and North Africa Institute (WANA) held a press conference to launch three policy papers within the project "Towards Inclusive Participation of Vulnerable Women and People with Disabilities in Social and Economic Life" in partnership with IMIVIDUELL MÄNNISKOHJÄLP (IM). This proje...
05 Apr 2016

Executive Director Dr Erica Harper presents at Pledge for Parity event in Abu Dhabi

On Sunday 20 March, Executive Director Dr Erica Harper represented the WANA Institute on an experts’ panel at the Central Buisness District of Women and the British Buisness Group's "Pledge for Partity - Accelerating Equality in the Middle East" event, which occured as part of the celebration of Int...
15 Apr 2018

Project to Strengthen Jordanian Civil Society Comes to a Close

On 15 April, 80 Community-Based Organisations (CBOs), youth initiatives and policy think tanks gathered for the closing ceremony of the European Union funded Civil Society Project carried out by the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute in cooperation with the National Center for Human Rights. The...
16 Jul 2017

WANA Institute and UASMA Partner on Capacity Building Project for CBOs

The WANA Institute is partnering with the Union of Charitable Associations of the Capital (UASMA) for the implementation of its capacity building project for CBOs in Jordan. On 12 and 13 July 2017, they held an introductory meeting, which a total of 50 member associations of the union attended, as w...
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