CSD in Brief

1. Introduction
The Civil Society and Democratic Development Program is associated with the emergence of UJRC, which was directly linked to the democratic transformation and the release of the political diversity in the Kingdom. The program is executed on behalf of UJRC, representing one of the civil society institutions in Jordan, and enjoying specialized features. It diverts its major interest to democratic issues, which are the key to political, economic, and social development.

The program specifically directs its attention to study the status of the Jordanian Civil Society, and to introduce its different groups, issues and development process. It also attempts to contribute to the enhancement of civil society organizations’ ability to raise their status and strengthen their role in public life, in an effort to help protect the democratic development and the establishment of democratic methods in the country’s lifestyle at different levels.


The program activities include organizing conferences, seminars and workshops, preparing research papers and issuing books and reports, in addition to the regular “Civil Society Issues” magazine.


2. Program Objectives

  1. Developing the culture of civil society and democracy in Jordan, by organizing activities, carrying out researches, and issuing publications that would serve this goal.
  2. Contributing to the accomplishment of sustainable democracy by encouraging national debate and political participation, and developing legislations that are relevant to enhancing the civil society’s institutional role and deepening democratic transformation in the Kingdom.
  3. Building a database of the different categories of civil society organizations and of developments on the democratic process in Jordan.
  4. Provide training, rehabilitation, and enlightenment opportunities for activates of civil society organizations. 

3. Program Structure

The Program carries out its activities under the direct supervision of UJRC Executive Director.


CSD Program Activities

The Jordanian Civil Alliance for Democratic Elections (JOCADE)

Upon initiative by Al Urdun Al Jadid Research Center, several Jordanian NGO’s summoned in mid April 2007 to discuss the responsibilities of the Jordanian civil society towards the upcoming municipal and parliamentary elections. These organizations agreed on creating an alliance entitled “The Jordanian Civil Alliance for Democratic Elections” (JOCADE). Attendees discussed and approved the objectives of JOCADE. Consequently, these organizations conveyed this initiative and product to a wider audience of organizations, which showed their enthusiasm to being among the founding members of this unprecedented initiative.

1. Conferences, Seminars, and Workshops

– During the years 2006-200 8

2006/ 2007/ 2008 Study Days project for Civil Society leaders and activists

In August 2006, UJRC launched a pioneer project entitled “Study Days for Leaders & Activists of Jordanian Civil Society Organisations”. The first of its kind in Jordan, this project aims at building the capacities of civil society leaders and activists, through training, exchanging experiences and presenting best practices of each CSO for mutual learning purposes.

Focal themes of the 2006-2007 Study Days:

  1. First study day: Overviewing survey outcomes of the opinion poll conducted on civil society leaders in Jordan.
  2. Second study day: The National Priorities: the National Agenda 2005-2015 & We Are All Jordan.
  3. Third study day: Civil Society and Mechanisms of Influencing Policy-Making.
  4. Fourth study day: Educating CSOs on organising advocacy campaigns to gain the support of the Parliament; the political parties’ law as a case study.
  5. Fifth study day: Civil Society and creating Alliances, Networks, Coalitions and Umbrellas.
  6. Sixth study day: Improving the legislative environment governing CSOs’ work; law no. 33 of 1966 and the new CSOs bill.
  7. Seventh study day: Partnership between Civil Society Organisations and the Government.
  8. Eighth study day: Partnership between Civil Society Organisations and the Private Sector; corporate governance & social responsibility.
  9. Ninth study day: Credibility of Civil Society in dealing with the public and mainstreaming values of democracy.

Based on the successes of this pioneer project, UJRC launched the second phase in July 2007. Another set of nine themes are being addressed at nine new study days workshops for Jordanian CSOs.

F ocal themes of the 2007-2008 Study Days:

  1. First study day: The role of civil society in political, economic and social reform.
  2. Second study day: Enhancing the role of CSOs in strengthening political and electoral participation.
  3. Third study day: Strategic thinking and planning.
  4. Fourth study day: Writing, managing and monitoring proposals.
  5. Fifth study day: Financial stability of CSO’s: towards a partnership with the private sector.
  6. Sixth study day: Advanced advocacy as a tool for enhancing the influence of civil society in reform policies.
  7. Seventh study day: Good governance in CSOs.
  8. Eighth study day: Gender mainstreaming in CSOs’ structure, management, and activities.
  9. Ninth study day: Enhancing the communication and media skills of CSOs.
     

Project publications:
To document the proceedings and outcomes of this project, UJRC is publishing a series of reports on each set of 3 study days. This provides for future documentation of the working papers, discussions and recommendations derived, and ensures wider outreach, dissemination, and benefit. Reports are distributed to CSO’s, policy makers, private sector and concerned stakeholders pertaining to Jordanian civil society and its role in society.

To view reports:

  • 1st Report on the Study Days for Civil Society Leaders and Activists
  • 2nd Report on the Study Days for Civil Society Leaders and Activists
  • 3rd Report on the Study Days for Civil Society Leaders and Activists
  • 4th Report on the Study Days for Civil Society Leaders and Activists
  • 5th Report on the Study Days for Civil Society Leaders and Activists: Arabic – part (1): 1-20p ,
    part (2): 21-42p , and English report
  • 6th Report on the Study Days for Civil Society Leaders and Activists

– During the year 2008

  1. Seminar: “Media and Civil Society: towards better understanding”, the seminar was held at Jerusalem Hotel, Amman, October 9, 2008.
     
  2. Launch Ceremony: On September 28, 2008, UJRC launched the Jordanian Alliance for the Freedom of Information and Transparency (JAFIT). This was announced at the founding meeting which was held with participation of 11 civil society organisations. The meeting discussed several issues related to CSOs’ legislative framework, including their right to access of information, Law no. 47 of 2007. JAFIT is member of the Arab Freedom of Information Network (AFOINET), that was launched of five founding Arab countries including Jordan, in August 2008.
     
  3. Roundtable: “Status of Public Transportation Sector in Jordan”, the roundtable was held at Century Park Hotel, August 27, 2008.
     
  4. Training Workshop: The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), together with UJRC,  conducted a 3-day consecutive training workshop entitled: “State of Local Democracy in the Arab World: Local Democracy Assessment in Jordan”. It was held at Holiday Inn Hotel, Amman, uly 14 to 16, 2008.
    The main focus of the workshop is assessing the level of local democracy in four Jordanian municipalities: Rusaifah, Maan, Mafraq and Jarash, where it involved training 20 men, women from these governorates.
    Its part of International IDEA’s project “State of Local Democracy (SoLD) Assessment in the Arab World”, involving similar activities in four countries: Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Yemen, where UJRC is the implementing organisation in Jordan.
     
  5. Study Days for Civil Society Leaders and Activists workshops:
     
    • UJRC held the last study day workshop on “Enhancing the communication and media skills of CSOs” on June 25, 2008, with cooperation of the Jordanian National Forum for Women. The workshop highlighted the importance of media and its pivotal role in a community. Whereas media is the watchful eye on the work of governmental and private sector institutions.
      Participants ranged from civil society leaders, the Jordanian National Forum for Women staff, media and academic experts.
       
    • On June 11, 2008, UJRC held a study day entitled “Gender Mainstreaming in CSOs’ Structure, Management, and Activities”, in association with National Center for Human Resource Development and the Jordanian National Forum for Women.
      The study day resulted in forming a coalition of civil society organisation, designed to enhance gender integration in organisations and societal institutions, based on a clear work plan of activities that were discussed during the seminar.
       
  6. Roundtable: “Associations’ Law and Public Meetings’ Law”, the roundtable discussed the Draft NGOs and Public Assembly Laws on March 25, 2008, at Radisson SAS Hotel in Amman. Former ministers, party leaders, CSOs, human rights organisations, legal experts and academics participated in the roundtable discussions. The sessions were concluded by listing a group of recommendations and suggestions that will be presented to the upper and lower houses of parliament.
     
  7. Workshop: “Status of Corruption in the Arab Region: Jordan Case” held in collaboration with Jordanian Parliamentarians against Corruption. A turnout of 64 people participated in this workshop at Century Park Hotel, Amman, March 16, 2008.
       

– During the year 2007

  1. Training Workshop: “Jordanian People’s Perceptions of the EU actions in Jordan”:
  • 1st Workshop: in this workshop a number of researchers were trained on implementing the EU Questionnaire, held at UJRC meetings hall, October 3, 2007.
  • 2nd Workshop: on October 6, 2007, at UJRC meetings hall.
  • 3rd Workshop: on October 17, 2007, at UJRC meetings hall.
  1. Seminar “Kurds of Iraq between Separation and Unity”, the seminar hosted Mulla Bukhtiar, where he talked about Kurds and the current situation in Iraq. Place: UJRC meetings hall, October 8, 2007.
  2. Conference: “Strategic Readings into the Israeli Scene 2007”, a 3-day conference held in cooperation with Palestinian Center for Israeli Studies, at Jerusalem Hotel, Amman, September 8-10, 2007.
  3. Dialogue Session: “Current Palestinian crisis and viable solutions”, UJRC invited the prominent Palestinian patriot Nayef Hawatmeh to inaugurate the lecture, that took place at UJRC meetings hall, August 5, 2007.  
  4. Seminar: “Where are Arab–Kurdish Relations heading next?” Sami Shorash, former Minister of Culture in Kurdistan, Iraq, and a prominent writer and journalist gave a lecture on the topic of Arab-Kurdish Relations. Shorash called for enhancing Arab-Kurdish cooperation and warned about continuing divisions in Arab-Kurdish relations, the seminar’s attendance exceeded 100. UJRC convened this seminar at Jerusalem Hotel, May 30, 2007.
  5. Dialogue Session “The Civil Struggle for Attaining Equality in Israel”, in this seminar, Mohamed Barakah, the Arab MP at the Israeli Knesset and President of the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality, outlined how Arab MPs are subject to abuse by Israeli authorities. The seminar took place at UJRC meetings hall, April 22, 2007.  
  6. Conference: The Project on Middle East Democracy convened a seminar with the cooperation of UJRC and the Americans for Informed Democracy, titled “A Jordanian-American Dialogue on the US Democracy Strategy”. The conference was held at Beit Shabab, Amman, April 19-21, 2007.
  7. Study Days for Civil Society Leaders and a Activists workshops (2006-2007 cont’):5th study day: ” Civil Society and creating Alliances, Networks, Coalitions and Umbrellas”, the workshop was held at Marmara Hotel, January 31, 2007.6th study day: “Improving the Legislative Environment Governing CSOs’ work; law no. 33 of 1966 and the new CSOs bill”, the workshop was held in Zarqa Chamber of Trade, Jordan, March 7, 2007.7th study day: “Partnership between Civil Society Organisations and the Government”, the workshop was held at Jerusalem Hotel, April 2, 2007.8th study day: “Partnership between Civil Society Organisations and Private Sector; Corporate Governance & Social Responsibility”, the workshop was held at  Jerusalem Hotel, May 17, 2007.9th study day: “Credibility of Civil Society in dealing with the public and mainstreaming Values of Democracy”, the workshop was held at Century Park Hotel, June 11, 2007.
  8. Seminar: The New Jordan Forum organized a dialogue session on March 13, 2007, with the Moroccan Ambassador to Jordan, HE Mr. Mohammad Ma’a Al-Ainain. Tackling the topic of the “Western Sahara Dilemma: Towards a Political Solution”, this seminar took place at Regency Palace Hotel in Amman, and was attended by 47 participants.
  9. Conference: Within the framework of the Arab Civic Network for Democratic Reform (ISLAH) projects for 2006/2007, UJRC convened the conference entitled “Partners in Reform: Strengthening the Capacities of Arab Civil Society Movements in Political Reform and Democracy”. This was held on February 17-18, 2007, at Jerusalem Hotel in Amman.
  10. Annual Meeting: UJRC hosted the first annual meeting of the Arab Civic Network for Democratic Reform (ISLAH) on February 16, 2007, at Jerusalem Hotel in Amman. 56 attendees representing 40 Arab CSO’s were present at the meeting.
  11. Seminar: The New Jordan Forum hosted Dr. Abdul Fattah Boutani; Director of the Center for Kurdish Studies and Documentation at the University of Dhouk/ Iraq. He delivered a lecture entitled “How could a united Iraq serve a strategic option for the Kurds?” Mr. Hamada Fara’neh, journalist and former MP, presented the speaker and moderated the discussion, which was attended by thirty participants, including political leaders and activists, academics, journalists and researchers Place: UJRC meetings hall, February 5, 2007.

– During the year 2006

  1. Seminar: “Options to end the current Palestinian Crisis”. Place: UJRC meetings hall, January 21, 2006.
  2. Workshop: “Political Parties Laws in the Arab states and the role played by Arab parliaments to amend such laws” a working meeting consisted of experts and regional figures. The 2-day workshop was held in conjunction with the UNDP’s Parliamentary Reform Initiative at the Intercontinental Hotel, on December 18 and 19, 2006.
  3. Forum for the Future: Preliminary meetings of the Content Committee, a subsidiary of the Jordanian
    Preparatory Committee of the Civil Conference parallel to the Forum for the Future. The Committee held four working meetings at UJRC meetings hall, on August 31, September 9, and October 2 and 28, in order to identify terms of reference for the papers presented at the Civil Conference.

    The Civil Conference was convened on November 27 and 28, 2006, at the Regency Palace Hotel in Amman. A total of 18-20 representatives of the Jordanian civil society took part in the four meetings.
  4. Study Days for Civil Society Leaders workshops (2006-2007):

1st study day: “Overviewing survey outcomes of the opinion poll conducted on civil society leaders in Jordan”. The workshop was held at Marmara Hotel, August 1, 2006.

2nd study day:   “The National Priorities: the National Agenda 2005-2015 & We Are All Jordan. The workshop was held in Al Safsaf Center”, Naour, Jordan, August 23, 2006.

3rd study day: “Civil Society and Mechanisms of Influencing Policy-Making”. The workshop was held at Marmara Hotel, Naour, Jordan, September 18, 2006.

4th study day: “Educating CSOs on organising advocacy campaigns to gain the support of the Parliament; the political parties’ law as a case study”. The workshop was held at Marmara Hotel, November 15, 2006.

  1. Dialogue Session: The New Jordan Forum hosted Dr. Hazem Qashou’ on September 13, 2006, to speak on the Jordanian delegation that had visited Syria recently. He gave a presentation on the aims behind the visit and the main outcomes derived. A number of leaders and activists of Jordanian parties and media persons participated in the discussion session. Mr. Hamadeh Faraneh, the journalist and former MP, chaired the session, held at UJRC meetings hall.
  2. Meeting: A meeting of civil society organisations to support the people of Lebanon against the Israeli aggression and establishing a forum for Jordan’s civil society organisations. Place: UJRC meetings hall, July 25, 2006.
  3. Debate Session: “Political and Military Developments in the Horn of Africa”. Place: UJRC meetings hall, July 18, 2006.
  4. Conference: ” The Democratic Trend Unity Conference … Opportunities and Challenges”, this one-day conference was held on July 16, 2006, at Palmyra hotel, in collaboration with Al-Quds Center for Political Studies. The Conference set out to encourage the unity of the Jordanian democratic trend. The number of contributors in this event reached 60, whereas the total number of attending participants was 131.
  5. Launch: A joint reception on the occasion of launching the second edition of “The Directory of Civil Society Organizations in Jordan”, which was published with the cooperation of the German Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. The event was held at Kempinski Hotel in Amman, on July 10, 2006. Tens of leaders and representatives of Civil Society Organizations, media and universities attended the ceremony.
  6. Dialogue Session: “Political Developments in Palestine on the eve of the next Palestinian Dialogue”, lectured by Jameel Shehadah. Place: UJRC meetings hall, May 15, 2006.
  7. Dialogue Session: “Latest Developments on the Egyptian Scene”, lectured by Ahmed Hamrosh. Place: UJRC meetings hall, May 10, 2006.
  8. Seminar: “Iraq Facing a US or an Iranian Occupation”, Lectured by sheikh Hussein Mu’ayad. Place: UJRC meetings hall, May 3, 2006.
  9. Founding Meeting: Upon an initiative by UJRC, the founding meeting of the Arab Civil Network for Democratic Reform (ISLAH) was held at the Dead Sea on February 18 and 19, 2006, with the participation of 18 Arab organisations from 8 different Arab states. At the meeting, UJRC was elected as the general coordinator for the Network.
  10. Open Meeting: on the occasion of the visit made by the national partisan and union delegation to Syria, where Munir Hamarneh lectured in the meeting. Place: UJRC meetings hall, January 22, 2006.
  11. Open Meeting: on the occasion of inaugural of the General Conference of the General Federation of Labour Unions, UJRC held this open discussion in participation with Labour Union President Mazen Ma’aytah. Place: UJRC meetings hall, January 16, 2006.

– During the years 2001-2005

  1. Seminar: “National Code of Conduct against Terrorism”, UJRC held this seminar at UJRC meetings hall, with participation of many civil society organisations on November 28, 2005.
  2. Dialogue Session with the Ambassador of Sudan in Jordan. UJRC held this discussion at the Sudanese Community Club, Amman, January 15, 2005.
  3. National Consultative Meeting: Held by UJRC to discuss the participation of Jordanian Civil Society Organizations in the Euro-Mediterranean Forum, in Luxemburg, 2005. Place: Hussein Cultural Center, Amman, January 17, 2005.
  4. Dialogue Session: UJRC organized a discussion session with the Sudanese Ambassador in Amman, at the Sudanese Community Club, Amman, January 15, 2005.
  5. Meeting: On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Jordanian – Japanese relations, UJRC organized this meeting with the participation of a delegation representing youth from the Jordanian Universities. Place: Foresight Art Gallery, Amman, August 16, 2004.
  6. Brainstorming Session: “The Civil Society Issues” magazine; UJRC held a brainstorming session to discuss the trends and plans for developing the CSI magazine, especially after having it officially licensed as a specialized magazine. Place: UJRC meetings hall, June 16, 2004.
  7. Meeting of the National Consultative Committee for the Civil Society Organizations Directory: UJRC held the first meeting for the National Consultative Committee supervising the CSO Directory. This was within the framework of the preparations for launching the project of a Directory to Assess the State of Civil Society in Jordan. Place: UJRC meetings hall, January 28, 2004.
  8. Dialogue Session: Successful Youth Experiences: Nassim Tuffaha; Arab American speaks about his personal experience. UJRC meetings hall, April 30, 2003.
  9. Workshop: The Future Effects of the Regional Developments in Palestine and Iraq on Jordan: Social Impact. UJRC meetings hall, March 24, 2003.
  10. Workshop: The Future Effects of the Regional Developments in Palestine and Iraq on Jordan: Economic Impact. UJRC meetings hall, March 15, 2003.
  11. Workshop: The Future Effects of the Regional Developments in Palestine and Iraq on Jordan: Political Impact. UJRC meetings hall, March 11, 2003.
  12. Brainstorming Session: UJRC held a brainstorming session with Dr. Abdul Elah Al Khatib, the Jordanian former Foreign Minister. UJRC meetings hall, November 27, 2002.
  13. Workshop: The role of Arab Americans in the US Foreign Policy before and after September 11. UJRC meetings hall, September 16, 2002.
  14. Workshop: Russia and Arab Affairs after September 11 Attacks. UJRC meetings hall, August 17, 2002.
  15. Workshop: Arab and Iraqi National Choices and the Scenarios for Attacking Iraq. Marmara Hotel, Amman, July 28, 2002.
  16. Workshop: Prospects of Arab – American Dialogue after September 11, 2001. UJRC meetings hall, July 7, 2002.
  17. Workshop: The United States and Arab Affairs after September 11 Attacks. Days Inn Hotel, Amman, July 10, 2002.
  18. Discussion Session: Arab Elites after September 11, 2001. Marmara Hotel, Amman, October 28, 2001.
  19. Seminar: The World after Durban and the September 11 Attacks. UJRC meetings hall, October 15, 2001.
  20. Seminar: From Durban to September 11. UJRC Meetings Hall, October 7, 2001.
  21. Workshop: Brainstorming with Foreign Minister Dr. Abdul Elah Al Khatib. UJRC meetings hall, September 22, 2001.
  22. Workshop: Iranian View of the Political Developments in Iran. UJRC meetings hall, June 20, 2001.
  23. Workshop: The Latest Reforms in Iran: Between Potential and Expectation. UJRC meetings hall, June 13, 2001.
  24. Workshop: The Third Road and Modern Political Thinking in Europe and the Arab World. Marmara Hotel, Amman, March 28-29, 2001.
     

– During the years 1994- 2000:

  1. Seminar: Ten Years from the Inception of the Democratic Process in Jordan. Radisson Hotel, Amman, September 6-8, 1998.
  2. National Symposium: The Development of Legislations on Democracy. This was conducted through a series of seven workshops held during the period July 21 – August 8, 1999, at UJRC Meetings Hall:
    1. First Workshop: Freedom of the Press, July 21, 1999.
    2. Second Workshop: Participation and Voting Rights, July 25, 1999.
    3. Third Workshop: Political Freedom and the Right to Organize Gatherings, July 27, 1999.
    4. Fourth Workshop: Personal Status and Citizenship, August 1, 1999.
    5. Fifth Workshop: Legislations Concerning Security and Public Safety, August 3, 1999.
    6. Sixth Workshop: Observing the Constitutionality of the Laws, August 4, 1999.
    7. Seventh Workshop: Work Legislations and Social Security, August 8, 1999.
  3. Symposium: Professional Associations and the Challenges of Democratic Transformation in Jordan. A series of five workshops were held during the period September 15 – 26, 1998, at UJRC Meetings Hall:
    1. First Workshop: Internal Democracy and Characteristics of Establishing Professional Associations. September 15, 1998.
    2. Second Workshop: Women and Professional Associations. September 16, 1998.
    3. Third Workshop: The Political and Professional Role of Professional Associations. September 21, 1998.
    4. Fourth Workshop: Workers Relations and Union Rights in Arab and International Conventions. September 22, 1998.
    5. Fifth Workshop: Professional Associations as Part of Civil Society, September 26, 1998.
  4. Seminar: Freedom of the Media and the Press in Jordan. Le Meridian Hotel, Amman, October 28-29, 1997.
  5. Conference: Jordanian Political Parties – Restrictions and Opportunities. The Royal Cultural Center, Amman. December 1-2, 1996.
  6. Seminar: National Charter and Democratic Transformation Issues in Jordan. Amra Hotel, Amman, June 15-17, 1996.
  7. Seminar: Democracy and the Rule of Law. The Royal Cultural Center, Amman, November 19-21, 1995.
  8. Workshop: Training the Political Party. Regency Palace, Amman, June 11-15, 1994.
  9. Conference: The Jordanian Democratic Movement. Regency Palace, Amman, May 31- June 2, 1994.
  10. Seminar: The Jordanian Writer’s Anxiety. League of Jordanian Writers, Amman, February 8, 1994.

 

2. Researches 1995-2000

  1. Civil Society and Governance in Jordan
    An international research project included 22 countries, four of which are Arab: Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan. The research included eleven cases concerning the Muslim Brotherhood’s boycott of the 1997 parliamentary elections, professional and political complications in the role of professional associations, water pollution in the capital in 1998, Anti-Normalization, the Jordanian Environmental Society, the Jordanian Afaf Society, Al Amal Center for Healing, Civil Society and the Jordanian press facing the Publishing Law, Jordanian women and political participation, the inability of Jordanian youth to establish an independent union, the role of The Friends of Chechnya and Ingushetia in the Russian-Chechen war 1994-1996.
  2. Public Non-Governmental Organizations in the Palestinian Refugee Camps in Jordan; a project implemented in the year 2000.
  3. Political parties in Jordan; a regional research project included ten Arab countries and was executed in the year 1999.
  4. Civil Society and the public sphere in Amman; a research project that included number of Islamic African and Asian capitals and was implemented in the year 1995.
  5. Islamic Brotherhood Party in Jordan; a project implemented in the year 1995.
  6. Islamic Movements and Organizations in Jordan; a project implemented in the year 1995.

 

The Civil Society and the Jordanian Political Scene Series 1993 – 1998

3. Publications

First: UJRC Policy Briefs
This a periodical bulletin that provides in-depth and analytical reading into the current Jordanian policies and legislations:

– Policy brief – 1 : on Societies’ Law, roundtable proceedings, 4 pages, April 2008 (Ara).
– Policy brief – 2 : on Public Gathering Law No. 7 of 2004, 4 pages, May 2008 (Ara).
– Policy brief – 3 : on CSOs and Media, 12 pages, December 2008 (Ara/ Eng).
– Policy brief – 5 : on CSOs and Parliament, 12 pages, February 2009 (Ara/ Eng).

Second: Study Days Reports
In August 2006, UJRC embarked the project “Study Days for Leaders and Activists of Jordanian Civil Society”, aiming at building the leadership capacities of Jordanian civil society organisations (CSOs), specifically,
strengthening CSOs’ influence in society, and enhancing their participation in the decision-making process and in formulating national policies. The project was implemented in an interactive and state-of-the-art method to build the leadership capacities in these organisations and develop their skills and experiences. in these workshops the civil society leaders meet with each other, and exchanged knowledge and experience of best practices in their field.

These reports documents the proceedings of these workshops and reached recommendations, that will be a base and reference for CSO leaders and activists in their work.

To view reports:

  • 1st Report on the Study Days for Civil Society Leaders and Activists
  • 2nd Report on the Study Days for Civil Society Leaders and Activists
  • 3rd Report on the Study Days for Civil Society Leaders and Activists
  • 4th Report on the Study Days for Civil Society Leaders and Activists
  • 5th Report on the Study Days for Civil Society Leaders and Activists: Arabic – part (1): 1-20p ,
    part (2): 21-42p , and English report
  • 6th Report on the Study Days for Civil Society Leaders and Activists

– During the years 2006-2008

First Study Day Report, collective work, 84 pages, 2007. The report documents the proceedings of the following three workshop:

  • Overviewing survey outcomes of the opinion poll conducted on civil society leaders in Jordan.
  • The National Priorities: the National Agenda 2005-2015 & We Are All Jordan.
  • Civil Society and Mechanisms of Influencing Policy-Making.

Second Study Day Report, collective work, 84 pages, 2007. The report documents the proceedings of the following three workshop:

  • Educating CSOs on organising advocacy campaigns to gain the support of the Parliament; the political parties’ law as a case study.
  • Civil Society and creating Alliances, Networks, Coalitions and Umbrellas.
  • Improving the legislative environment governing CSOs’ work; law no. 33 of 1966 and the new CSOs bill.
     

Third Study Day Report, collective work, 84 pages, 2007. The report documents the proceedings of the following three workshop:

  • Partnership between Civil Society Organisations and the Government.
  • Partnership between Civil Society Organisations and the Private Sector; corporate governance & social responsibility.
  • Credibility of Civil Society in dealing with the public and mainstreaming values of democracy.
     

Fourth Study Day Report, collective work, 54 pages, 2008. The report documents the proceedings of the following three workshop:

  • The role of civil society in political, economic and social reform.
  • Enhancing the role of CSOs in strengthening political and electoral participation.
  • Strategic thinking and planning.

Fifth Study Day Report, collective work, 56 pages, 2008. The report documents the proceedings of the following three workshop:

  • Financial stability of CSO’s: towards a partnership with the private sector.
  • Writing, managing and monitoring proposals.
  • Good governance in CSOs.

Third : Directories and Books on Civil Society and Democratic Development:
Most of these books are published by the head office, which comprises the UJRC related activities from conferences, seminars, and workshops, as well as the researches and directories prepared by UJRC for publication. Some of these publications are translated into English. Furthermore, a small proportion of these books is originally university dissertations or translated from English. Twenty directories and books were published between 1995 and 2005, of which eleven pertain to civil society, and eight pertain to democratic development. In addition, the Directory of Civil Society Organizations in Jordan is available in English and Arabic. The following presents the Directory of Civil Society Organizations and list of the books published within the civil society and democratic development program.

A. Directories of Civil Society Organizations 2000- 2006


The Directory of Civil Society Organizations in Jordan (English version). prepared by Hani Hourani and others, Hussein Abu Rumman, Translated by: Dr. Khalil Elian, Amani Mohammad, Muna Khleifat, Neveen Al Khateeb, Firas Mahafzah and edited by Hisham Kassim, 568 pages, A4, 2006.The Directory of Civil Society Organizations in Jordan (Arabic version). Prepared by Hani Hourani and others, Edited by Hussein Abu Rumman, 500 pages, A4, 2006.
 

This is the second edition Civil Society directory of the first published in 2000 in two versions Arabic and English. This directory encompasses the state of civil society organizations in Jordan and the difficulties they face. This book includes 14 main civil society sectors organizations in Jordan. They are 1) charitable associations, 2) professional associations, 3) cultural associations, 4) youth and sports clubs, 5) human rights and democratic development organizations, 6) political parties, 7) women organizations, 8) labour unions, 9) employer’s organizations, 10) environmental societies, 11) civil protection and healthcare societies, 12) teacher’s club, 13) research centers, 14) and foreign non-governmental organizations that have offices or branches in Jordan. The directory furnishes detailed information on 245 organizations and basic contact information for 1,827 organizations. The directory is a unique reference on civil society organizations in Jordan and is an excellent resource for select organizations.

B. Books on Civil Society 1995- 2005

  1. Management Workbook for Iraqi Civic Sector Organizations , Jana Ledvinova, “People in Need” organization, Sindbad and Xcrossing publishing, English and Arabic, 170 pages, A4, 2005.
  2. Case Studies on the Performance of the Jordanian Civil Society Organizations , (Civil Society and Governance in Jordan/ Part 2), 188 pages, medium, 2004.
  3. Civil Society in Jordan Development and Current Status, (Civil Society and Governance in Jordan/ Part 1), 162 pages, medium, 2004.
  4. Jordanian Professional Associations – Their Fundamental Characteristics and Political Role. Omar Kharyoush Hamayel, 224 pages, medium, 2000.
  5. Professional Associations and Challenges of Democratic Transformation in Jordan . Workshops, 256 pages, medium, 2000.
  6. Professional Associations and the Challenges of Democratic Transformation in Jordan , workshops, Translated by Sadeq Ibrahim Oudeh, and George Musleh. Editor Warwick. M. Knowles, 232 pages, medium, 2000.
  7. The History and Development of the Jordanian Student Movement 1948-1998 in Jordan and Elsewhere , Samer Khraino, 288 pages, medium, 2000.
  8. Jordanian Political Parties . Collective work, 220 pages, medium, 1998.
  9. Islamic Brotherhood in Jordan 1946- 1996 . Ibrahim Gharaibeh, 204 pages, medium, 1997.
  10. Islamic Movements and Organizations in Jordan . Collective Work, Editor Hussein Abu Rumman, 304 pages, medium, 1997.
  11. A Guide to the Political Party. Collective Work, 144 pages, medium, 1995.

 

C. Books on Democratic Development 1995- 2000

  1. A Decade of Democracy in Jordan (1989-1999). Seminar Proceedings, 350 pages, medium, 2000.
  2. The Statutory Framework for Democracy Building in Jordan . Hani Hourani and others, 372 pages, medium, 2000.
  3. Public Opinion, Polls and Democracy . Irving Cresby. Translated into Arabic by Sadeq Ibrahim Oudeh, 176 pages, medium, 1998.
  4. Democracy and Rule of Law . Seminar proceedings, Edited by Hussein Abu Rumman, 236 pages, medium, 1996.
  5. The National Charter and Democratic Transformation in Jordan. Seminar proceedings, Edited by Hamid Dabbas, 234 pages, medium, 1996.
  6. The Democratic Process in Jordan . . . Whereto? Conference Proceedings, Edited by Hussein Abu Rumman, 356 pages, medium size, 1995.
  7. The Democratic Process in Jordan … Whereto? Conference Proceedings, Translated by George Musleh, 392 pages, medium, 1996.
  8. Elections Legislation : a Cornerstone for the Democratic System. Seminar Proceedings, 90 pages, A4, 1995.

Fourth : The Civil Society and the Jordanian Political Scene Series 1993 – 1998
The series contains small reports, which cover one issue, published for the first time in 1993 and continued to 1998. Twenty-eight issues were published, covering in particular the Jordanian political parties and the eleventh (1989) and the twelfth (1993) parliamentary elections. This series also presents the most prominent groups of civil society organizations, especially the labor and professional associations, charitable and environmental societies, political parties, women’s and cultural institutions. The following presents a list of reports issued within this series:

  1. Civil society and the study of politics in the Middle East , Jillian Schwedler, translated by Sadeq Ibrahim Oudeh, 46 pages, A4, 1998.
  2. Towards an Appropriate Democratic Election Law . Seminar Proceedings, Editor Hussein Abu Rumman, 100 pages, A4, 1998.
  3. The Future of Civil Society in the Middle East (Translated) . August Richard Norton, 32 pages, small, 1996.
  4. The General Union of Labor and Professional Associations , Hani Hourani, 80 pages, small, 1996.
  5. Political and Democratic Islam in Jordan , Zaki Tahla, 32 pages, small, 1996.
  6. Charitable and Voluntary Societies in Jordan , Hussein Abu Rumman, 60 pages, small, 1996.
  7. Civil Society and the Public Sphere (Translated) . Kreigh Calhoun, 28 pages, small, 1996.
  8. The Directory of Jordanian Professional Associations . Hussein Abu Rumman, 84 pages, small, 1995.
  9. Press and Democracy in Jordan . Jameel Al Nimri, 40 pages, small, 1995.
  10. Islamic Political Movements in Jordan . Hamed Dabbas, 70 pages, small, 1995.
  11. The Actual Status of Women’s Organizations in Jordan , Dr. Taleb Awad, 36 pages, 1995.
  12. Environmental Organizations and Nature Conservation in Jordan . Dr. Netham Assaf, 68 pages, small, 1995.
  13. The Directory of Jordanian Cultural Institutions . Hussein Da’asa, 48 pages, small, 1995.
  14. The 1993 Jordanian Elections. Digital Analysis Study, Teamwork, 76 pages, small, 1994.
  15. The General Parliamentary Elections in Jordan : Prologue, Results, and Outlook. Teamwork, 92 pages, small, 1994.
  16. A Summary of the 1918-1950 Party-Life Activities in Jordan , Part I. Hani Hourani, 64 pages, small, 1994.
  17. A Post-Election 1993 Seminar . Translated by Mark Power Stephens, 62 pages, small, 1994.
  18. The Islamic Action Front Party . Teamwork, 132 pages, small, 1993.
  19. The Islamic Action Front Party . Teamwork, Translated into English by Sa’eda Al Kilani, 180 pages, small, 1993.
  20. A Brief Presentation of Jordanian Political Parties . Teamwork, 168 pages, small, 1993.
  21. Jordanian Political Parties . Teamwork (translated into English), 104 pages, 1993.
  22. Early Attempts of Labor Unions in East Jordan , 1926-1948. Hani Hourani, 126 pages, small, 1993.
  23. The Future Party . Teamwork, 48 pages, small, 1993.
  24. Jordanian Women and Political Action . Teamwork, 56 pages, small, 1993.
  25. The Jordanian Political Parties Supplementary Book . Hamed Dabbas, 48 pages, small, 1993.
  26. The Chart of the Jordanian Political Party Scene on the Evening of the 1993 Elections. Hani Hourani, 24 pages, small, 1993.
  27. The 1989 Elections – Facts and Figures . Teamwork, 60 pages, small, 1993.
  28. Jordanian National Community Party . Teamwork, 48 pages, small, 1993.

Fourth : The “Civil Society Issues” Magazine
A periodical Magazine concerned of civil society and the Perpetual Democratic Development Transformation and Sustainable Development in Jordan. The first issue was published at the end of 2000. A total number of 24 issues were publicized during the period of 2001-2004, with an average of two issues every two months. By the beginning of the year 2005, The Editors Team did all necessary preparations to issue the magazine in a monthly basis. A total number of 22 issues were published during the years 2005-2008. 

Mission of The Civil Society Issues Magazine:
This Magazine obtains its function from the objective role of UJRC for Research, which was established to enhance the role of civil society and its value and status as an active associate to accomplish continued development, including democratic progress in Jordan and in the Arab region in general. Moreover, for the protection of human rights, the enhancement of debate principles, pluralism and the respect of varying opinions. The series stems from the understanding of the role of civil society as a fundamental associate essential for the contribution toward the comprehensive development in human, economic, social, and cultural dimensions. The magazine performs its role by reflecting on civil society. It is also a bridge between different civil organizations and non-governmental organizations by challenging their issues and problems and introducing their activities, and providing these organizations with material, reports and news useful for their work and programs. The aim of publishing the Civil Society Issues is to accomplish a concrete and useful service for different sectors and categories of Arab and Jordanian civil organizations, to consolidate relations, exchange experiences, and to encourage discussion and general debate concerning issues related to civil society, how to develop them, and to advance the performance of its various organizations.