The project aims at providing financial, technical and logistical support to the youth to help turn their ideas into startups or to expand already existing projects implemented by civil society organisations at the national level. The project covers four main categories that are referred to as windows. These windows are under the following themes "Try", "Develop", "Shape" and Expand.
The concept behind the -Youth Empowerment Window:
The project was implemented upon directives by His Majesty King Abdullah II to the King Abdullah II Fund for Development referred to in the Fourth Discussion Paper with a view to empower the youth and civil society organisations to engage in initiatives that help make the required positive change in local communities.
The project extends support to a wide array of ideas and initiatives based on local communities' needs. Some of these initiatives seek to entrench civil practices and values such as spreading the culture of dialogue, acceptance of others and rule of law. Other initiatives are related to enhancing social entrepreneurship, voluntary work and activating the participation of the youth in the decision-making process.
The King Abdullah II Fund for Development implemented three rounds under the project. Under the first round, 64 young Jordanian aged between 16-25 years received grants under the category "Try", 23 persons aged between 18-28 years received grants under the category "Shape". Under the category "Develop", 7 civil society organisations received grants and 3 other received grants under the category "Expand".
In the second round, 77 young Jordanians received grants under the "Try" category, 23 others got grants under the "Shape" category. Seven young persons and civil society organisations received grants under the "Develop" category and two civil society organisations got grants under the "Expand" category. A total of 20 Jordanian received grants under the "Try" category in the third round of the project. Eleven received grants under the "Shape" category, three under the "Develop" category and one civil society organisation under the "Expand" category.
The project has a technical committee comprising 11 members that study and evaluate applications. In addition, a financial and administrative guide for individuals and civil society organisations was drafted for individuals and civil society organisations that receive grants to acquaint them with the best administrative and financial practices that they need to follow.
The project aims to empower individuals and civil society organisations to exercise their role in enhancing the values of active citizenship, respect of freedoms and strengthening the culture of transparency and accountability and voluntary work through providing necessary support to projects that are designed to:
- Entrenching civil practices and values such as dialogue, respect of others, rejection of violence, moderation and respecting rule of law.
- Fostering active participation by all citizens.
- Deploying the creative capabilities of the youth to serve local communities.
- Supporting 97 ideas, initiatives and projects from across the country's governorates under the first round.
- Supporting 109 ideas, initiatives and projects from across the country's governorates under the first round.
- Supporting 30 ideas, initiatives and projects from across the country's governorates under the first round.
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