JOHUD holds a landmark meeting to discuss the group
As the year draws to a close, JOHUD executives and Community Development Centre managers came together in Kafrayn’s new environmental centre to discuss the group’s aims and thematic focus for the years ahead. As part of its commitment to providing a holistic approach to development, JOHUD now plans to structure its programmes in such a way that improves the community’s overall wellbeing; an ambitious goal that requires a unique methodology and approach.
The meeting was attended by the Chairperson of JOHUD’s Board of Trustees, HRH Princess Basma. Princess Basma highlighted the need to approach Jordan’s greatest challenges, and create programmes that prioritise the nation’s biggest problems, such as youth unemployment.
JOHUD’s Executive Director, Farah Daghestani, concurred and further emphasized on the importance of building relationships with communities. Many in attendance agreed that future activities would involve new partnerships with international NGO’s and decision-making bodies, making JOHUD’s historic good links with Jordanian communities more important as a defining feature of the group.
JOHUD executives then began more thorough explorations of JOHUD’s newest thematic areas and how to bring these to life. The Director of the PBYRC, Mohammad al-Amoush, began by talking about the importance of youth capacity building as a means of speeding up the development process and reducing unemployment. To this effect, he highlighted the PBYRC’s existing work to create youth elections, parliaments, and committees, and suggested that these efforts be continued and expanded.
Qais Tarawneh, the Director of Social Support Programmes, spoke of the need to expand the number of learning opportunities for both community members and JOHUD’s team of development professionals, helping the nation at large to improve the quality of its education and services. Mais Odeh, the Director of the Women’s Empowerment Programme, then emphasized on the need to empower local communities, and enable local groups to innovate and create new solutions to ongoing problems.
The meeting concluded with CDC leaders and managers working together to discuss potential challenges, outreach opportunities, and partnerships that could arise from the inclusion of new themes. Although all agreed that the process of reorganizing JOHUD’s activities will take some time, the changes will undoubtedly help to improve life for Jordan’s youth, women, refugees, elderly people, and disabled people.