In formal organizational terms, civil society in Jordan remains a relatively recent concept. The newness of Jordanian civil society is reflected both in the limited reach and depth that define the sector as well as in the limited understanding of the role of civil society within broader Jordanian society.
Region: Middle East and North Africa
Recognizing the fundamental need to build positive relationships and foster effective engagement between government and its citizens and recognizing the centrality of governance issues to development across the range of sections in which USAID programs operate, the Strengthening Citizens Engagement Program promoted greater civic engagement with and oversight of governance at multiple levels to build trust and improve confidence in government institutions and in civil society. The program expanded and deepened civic engagement and leveraged collaborative efforts between state and non-state actors to address constraints to effective engagement. TMG consulted to assist USAID/Jordan’s Democracy and Governance Office in prepared all necessary documentation and procedures for the design of a this Civil Society Program. All documentation responded to broader imperatives to improve organizational development and targeted capacity building; enhanced policy and advocacy, policy progress and engagement; and addressed a flexible, scalable, and responsive grants mechanism.