Anna Lindh Foundation – Jordanian Network
Under the umbrella of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS), appointed Head of the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in November 2010, Anna Lindh Foundation – Jordanian Network engages the members, which currently exceeds 100 members, in consultation with the Steering Committee, in organizing activities that are consistent with ALF’s strategy. The goal is to promote acceptance of pluralism and cultural diversity, mutual respect among societies, religions and beliefs and the acknowledgment of the rule of law and fundamental freedoms in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The Jordanian network considered by the Foundation the liveliest network among all in the South of the Mediterranean. It organizes activities with key civil society organization members, mainly youth organizations, in Jordan taking the work done locally on the grassroot level to the Euromed regional level.
RIIFS was also a runner-up in the first edition of the Anna Lindh Foundation’s Euro-Med Dialogue Award launched in 2006 on the theme of interfaith dialogue and voted upon by civil society Networks in more than 30 countries.
At the start of 2007, the ALF organised in Amman, in partnership with the Jordanian Network, a national training seminar for NGOs and civil society groups which included components on: networking and new media tools; the development of transnational project proposals in the field of media, culture and education; sharing good practice in cross-cultural dialogue work; a simulation of project evaluation and monitoring. The ALF also organised in Amman in 2007 a seminar on ‘Linguistic Awareness of Cultures’ and the teacher training workshop on ‘How to Use New Teaching Materials on Religious Diversity in the Classroom’.
Jordanian civil society has been actively involved in developing, leading and partnering in transnational projects for intercultural dialogue from 2006 to 2011, creating partnerships with organisations in more than 30 Euro-Mediterranean countries; projects have focused on the field of education, youth, artistic creation and academic cooperation. In May 2011, the Jordanian Network organised its first common action Alwan Baladna festival in collaboration with the Network members and under the patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal. The same month saw the ALF organise the first Euro-Med High-Level Meeting of Television Leaders at the Dead Sea in Jordan. Moreover, Anna Lindh National Network organises each year a program of several activities on “Active Citizenship” that is implemented in the governorates of Jordan (north, middle and south) reaching youth, women and refugees.
In the framework of the Dawrak – Citizens for Dialogue, 2012 witnessed the network empowerment meeting with the participation of Syrians and the mini convention in the Dead Sea. Also, the Young Arab Voices programme organised a training of trainers in cooperation with the Jordanian Network. In 2013, Rabeea Najm Al-Din Al-Naser, the Jordanian founder and manager of House of Tales and Music (HTM), was elected by the members of the Anna Lindh National Networks to be the winner of this year’s EuroMed Dialogue Award, which was held under the theme “Migrants as Ambassadors for Mutual Understanding.”
The Network since 2011 pioneered the Active Citizenship Program with activities in Amman, Ajloun, Jerash, Zaatrai Camps and Mafraq.
In 2016, in the framework of Network Intercultural Activity (NIA), the network held a series of training Seminars on Media and Music for a Peaceful and Inclusive Society which was organised in cooperation with a number of partner organizations, namely the Arab Women Media Center, Sisterhood is Global Institute, Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development, Tajalla and the Youth for Youth Association. The content of the program was built around four main pillars of intercultural dialogue: Media, Activism (Gender inclusiveness), Art and Interfaith Dialogue. Assessment needs meetings were organised in Mafraq, Madaba and Karak in which the youth participants took part in formulating the content of the main program for the training.
Most recently, the important role the media plays in promoting intercultural dialogue, especially in the face of extremism, has been stressed by the three journalists that have won the 9th edition of the Anna Lindh Foundation Mediterranean Journalist Award and 2016 Award Ceremony which was held in Amman, Jordan in cooperation with Jordan Media Institute (JMI).