KAFD in Brief

"We ask to establish a special fund to serve as the institutional umbrella that contributes to supporting efforts at all levels; developmental, social and educational. This fund is to stimulate comprehensive development through projects that tie together our people's potentials, direct them towards productivity and creativity, while providing this Fund with capable expertise to manage it efficiently and ensure its success in serving the noble goals it is meant to achieve."

His Majesty Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein

December 6th 2001

His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein issued directives to the government in December 2001 to establish a special fund to serve as the institutional umbrella that contributes to supporting efforts at all levels; developmental, social and educational.
In implementation of His Majesty, the King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD) was created as a non-governmental organisation to enhance productivity through implementing development projects that help alleviate poverty and unemployment in partnership with the private and the public sectors.

The KAFD focuses on investing in human resources though providing necessary training and support to empower them to contribute to the development of the country's future in line with His Majesty's reform vision at the economic and social spheres.
The KAFD works to harness the potential of the young people in Jordan and encourage innovation and excellence among them through developing their entrepreneurial skills and preparing them to penetrate the labour market. Thus, the KAFD implemented and supported a series of programmes and initiatives under the motto “Active Citizens, Creative and Qualified for the Job Market” to promote youth engagement and enhance leadership skills.

"So, to our entrepreneurs and ICT labour force, to developers and product managers, to private and public-sector partners and to the thousands of Jordanian youth who are studying to be tomorrow's ICT leaders: I say: Unlock the potential. Imagine the future. Lead the way. You have Jordan's full support. And I am proud to count myself among your greatest champions. "

His Majesty Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein

October 10th 2010

The MENA ICT Forum 2010

The KAFD places a heavy emphasis on the youth sector and places it at the top of its priorities in accordance with His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein's directives. It implements a series of programme and projects that aim to engage the youth in the development process. The KAFD's activities are focused on five areas:

  • Entrepreneurship:
    In this regard, the King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD) focuses on providing young Jordanians with all required financial, technical and logistical support to motivate them to excel and innovate. It also aims at increasing their engagement in their local communities to realise the desired positive change through implementinf five major projects that fall under this category, namely; the Democratic Empowerment Project, the Youth Empowerment Window, Financing Jordanian University Students' Graduation Projects, the King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement (KAAYIA) and the International Travel Support Programme.

  • Employability Development:
    Under this category, the King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD) implements projects that aim to boost the employability of young Jordanians and changing their perception towards work and how they can secure a job. The projects under this section include the Career Guidance Offices Project, DARB – The Summer Internship Project and ForUs.jo Portal.

  • Community and Communication:
    The King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD) implements several projects under this category that seek to make young Jordanians more engaged as active citizens and spread civic values and practices among the youth, especially those referred to in the Fourth Discussion Paper by His Majesty King Abdullah Ibn Al Hussein. The KAFD implements two projects under this section including the School Dialogue and Volunteerism Clubs Project and Juthoor Initiative.

  • Capacity Building:
    The King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD) implements four projects under this category that seek to develop the skills of young Jordanians and equip them with necessary knowledge and know-how. They include the App Challenge, the Civil Services Development Programme, the Jordan Gaming Lab and the Leadership Development Skills Programme.

  • All Jordan Youth Commission:
    The commission, which was launched in 2006, is a Royal initiative by His Majesty King Abdullah II and is implemented by the King Abdullah II Fund for Development.
    The commission seeks to give Jordanians from all walks of life an unprecedented opportunity to speak out and to activate the role of the youth as true and influential partners in public life at the political, social and economic spheres though building their capacities and enhancing the culture of voluntary work and taking the initiative and connecting the various institutions working in the field of youth together.
    The commission has 13 teams and branches distributed across the country's governorates.
    Six projects are implemented under the umbrella of the commission including the " We Volunteer for Jordan", Productive Youth, "Our Future Roles", the Voice of Jordanian Youth, Messengers of Moderation Via Social Media and Improving English Skills of the Youth.

    "My first concern has always been to improve the quality of life of every citizen, in this country; so it is imperative to fight poverty and unemployment, and to implement reform and correctional measures that would produce basic and permanent solutions for this problem."

His Majesty Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein

December 14th 2004

Speech from the Throne at the opening of the Second Ordinary Session of the 14th Parliament

The King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD) implements several development projects in cooperation with the public and private sectors with a view to create income-generating projects for Jordanians in areas where percentages of unemployment and poverty are high.

These projects include the Jordanian Company for Heritage Revival that also works to contribute to the development of Petra, Shobak, the Jordan Agricultural Produce Promotion Company that aims to improve the conditions of farmers in DeirAlla, Ghor Fifa and Al Qasmieh and the Ma’an Development Company that works as the master developer for the Ma’an Development Area.

In addition, the KAFD established the Dead Sea Company for Tourism and Real Estate Investment that seeks to develop the eastern shores of the Dead Sea, the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts that aims to put an end to the culture of shame among Jordanian youth towards non-traditional disciplines of study and the Jordanian company for promoting heritage products that seeks to help improve the living standards of owners of small craft industries and provide them with a platform to promote for their products under the brand name of Urdon Shop.