Preventing social tensions, creating cohesion

Project description

Title: Civil Peace Service Special Initiative on Displacement: Promoting conflict resolution mechanisms and creating prospects for vulnerable groups
Commissioned by: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)​​​​​​​
Country: Jordan
Overall term: 2017 to 2023

Three people with cameras in front of a dead branch.

Context

Ever since its independence in 1946, Jordan has been a safe haven to various waves of refugees from Palestine, Syria and other countries in the Middle East. In only 75 years, Jordan’s population has grown from less than 500,000 to more than 11 million people. As the country has always been suffering from resource scarcity and structural socio-economic problems the risk for an escalation of social conflicts and political tensions has increased.

Objective

The population participates in processes of social change, to deal with tensions and to resolve conflicts peacefully. This helps to strengthen the country’s social cohesion.

Aproach

The project has been operating in Jordan since 2018. A team of national and international advisors work in close cooperation with local partner organisations. They operate in often marginalised areas, where social friction and economic disparities threaten to trigger violent conflicts. The jointly developed change processes contribute to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable groups, especially women and youth in refugee and host communities. Particular attention is paid to hard-to-reach urban neighbourhoods and remote rural areas.

Theatre, music and sports along with other socio-cultural approaches serve as youth friendly tools for conflict transformation. Thus, meeting and exchange opportunities are being created in safe spaces such as youth centres and non-formal learning environments. In this way, interpersonal and social tensions are reduced in favour of trust building and community development. Disadvantaged and vulnerable young people are empowered to express themselves and find entry points to work for social change in their local environment.

Last update: November 2021