Our Amman workshop took place between 29 July - 2 August, 2018. We were super excited to host our first-ever workshop in Jordan. It was hosted at Nofa, an old villa turned into a beautiful art gallery and community space on Rainbow Street in the centre of town.
Nearly 200 people applied to take part in our seventh flagship event. In total, 31 talented people attended with participants coming from Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, India, Costa Rica, Brazil, Indonesia, Sweden, Italy, UK and the US.
Our mission was to support Jordanian CSOs, and from the 13 that applied to attend the workshop we selected four. They were Rasheed Transparency International Jordan (Rasheed TI-Jordan), Information and Research Center King Hussein Foundation (IRCKHF), Arab Women Organization (AWO) and Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ). You can find out more about them and the projects we created together below.
Our fabulous partner for this event was the Amman-based journalism and podcast organisation SOWT, which means ‘voice’ in Arabic. They have a longstanding track record of working on innovative and engaging journalism in Jordan and also knows every good place to eat in Amman, which meant that we were very well fed at this workshop (proof of this in the photo gallery of this event). Shukran!
CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS
Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) is the first and only nonprofit organization in the region dedicated to promoting investigative journalism in Arab newsrooms, still an alien practice. The Amman-based ARIJ was formed in early 2005 to support independent quality professional journalism, through funding in-depth journalism projects, and offering media coaching. It helps journalists working in print, radio, tv and online media in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Bahrain, Palestine, Yemen and Tunisia.
The Information and Research Center – King Hussein Foundation (IRCKHF) serves as a catalyst for socio-economic transformation through research, information and dissemination of knowledge. The IRCKHF was initially launched in 1996 as part of the National Task Force for Children. Today, the IRCKHF promotes the welfare of children, youth, women, families, communities, and vulnerable groups by providing objective, multidisciplinary research and analysis to practitioners and policymakers in Jordan and the Middle East, enabling effective socio-economic planning and decision-making.
Arab Women Organization of Jordan (AWO) was founded in 1970 and focuses on promoting gender equality and women’s rights.Throughout the years, AWO worked hard to strengthen a common feminist analysis and address issues of mutual interest across Jordan such as increasing women’s participation in public, political and economic spheres, improving legislation towards ending discrimination against women and its implementation, combating Gender-based violence (GBV), and ending gender stereotypes.
Rasheed for Integrity and Transparency is a local anti-corruption not-for-profit organisation that was launched in 2013. It is the Jordanian chapter of Transparency International (TI). Rasheed’s projects aim to strengthen the pillars of integrity, transparency, and accountability in Jordanian institutions. Rasheed implements projects with different levels and sectors of government including parliament, ministries, and municipalities, as well as other partners. Rasheed’s work includes the production of research, studies, evaluations, training tools, and reporting manuals. It also includes social awareness, lobbying, and advocacy campaigns.
Keep an eye out for upcoming workshops if you're inspired to try your hand at becoming one of our alumni. Click on the screens to explore the projects below and get a taster for what we do at a DATA4CHANGE workshop.
Jordanian perceptions on youth deprived of family ties
Jordanian orphans and children with no family ties face relentless discrimination. Few people will be their friends and getting married or even finding a job can be difficult. IRCKHF work with these children to prepare them for a life outside the care system and attended DATA4CHANGE in the hope to create a data driven advocacy campaign based on data they had collected on this issue.
Early and Forced Marriage in Jordan among Syrian Refugees
In 2018 there were more than 650,000 Syrian refugees living in Jordan and over 80% of those live below the poverty line. AWO learned to use data to influence dialogue about child marriage amongst the large Syrian refugee community in Jordan.
Press Freedom in Jordan
The ARIJ team wanted to explore how the Jordanian authorities control the press. The overhaul of the Press and Publications Law in 2012, and the implementation of Cybercrimes Law (2015) and its 2018 amendments significantly curtail freedom of expression, but this is a little known fact amongst Jordanians.
Jordanians feel that corruption is just a part of the system and that little can be done to change it. Rasheed TI-JO came to DATA4CHANGE to seek a different way of presenting its data and getting citizens to care about the corruption they face.