Our partners, Intermediaries Change Center (ICC) for Sustainable Development in Ajloun, Jordan, concluded the first phase of the project titled: “Voices for Democracy towards an Equitable Civil Society Engagement in Villages”. This was done in cooperation with the Greater Ajloun Municipality and the Governorate Council. The project seeks to integrate youth into political life and enhance their decision-making capabilities in order to reach a democratic and participatory form of governance.
The first phase of the project included the conducting of youth training workshops, with the participation of 22 young men and women from Ajloun Governorate. The training workshops focused on good governance; community engagement; monitoring and evaluation of the performance of elected councils; and strengthening young men and women’s role in political life and public affairs.
A number of discussions were also held between the youth from one side and the Greater Ajloun Municipal Council and Governorate Council on the other. These meetings were conducted to enhance youth participation in decision-making within the framework of municipality councils. This raised youth knowledge of developmental public policies and the concepts of “Local Governance” and “Decentralization”, along with strengthening the link between civil society and youth on one hand and the Governorate Council and Executive Council on the other.
Moreover, different visual materials will be produced to present the youth proposals for bolstering democratic participation within municipal councils. There are also preparations for a conference at the level of Ajloun Governorate to boost community involvement in following up municipal work and promoting dialogue.