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Chemonics UK Selected to Further the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Jordan

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The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has chosen Chemonics UK as the implementing partner to deliver Tamasok, its new project focusing on Women, Peace and Security System Strengthening in Jordan.

The project aims to provide support to Women Rights Organisations (WROs) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to further the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in Jordan.

Chemonics UK, working with their partner Generations for Peace (GFP) and an outstanding group of resource partners, has commenced delivering the 17-month FCDO-funded project.

The FCDO’s women and girls’ strategy encourages core and flexible funding for grassroots WROs and movements to tackle the root causes of inequality.

During his visit to the Kingdom in July 2023, the former British Foreign Secretary highlighted the significance that the UK Government attaches to women and girls in its foreign policy. This emphasis was expressed at a roundtable discussion on WPS, with representatives of Jordanian Civil Society Organisations. The FCDO acknowledges the critical role Minister Bani Mustafa has played championing gender equality and social inclusion within the Government of Jordan and the importance of civil society in implementing the WPS agenda. The FCDO is delighted to be providing a new form of support for the implementation of the recently approved second Jordanian National Action Plan on WPS (JONAP II). This supports civil society organisations and maintains contributions to the pooled funding of JONAP II, which is implemented by UN Women and supported by five other donors.

Hazel Mowbray, Deputy Head of Mission and Development Director, said: “I’m pleased to announce that the FCDO has selected Chemonics UK as our implementing partner for the ‘Tamasok’ project supporting Women, Peace, and Security sector in Jordan. This collaboration will empower Women Rights Organisations and Civil Society Organisations to advance the crucial Women, Peace, and Security agenda in Jordan, supporting gender equality and social inclusion.”

Drawing from the reflections and insights gained from the participants at the roundtable, Chemonics UK recognised that WROs and CSOs needed more WPS opportunities to be able to fulfil all four pillars of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325(UNSCR 1325): prevention, protection, relief and recover.

Under Chemonics UK’s leadership, the team will provide tailored human and institutional capacity building support to selected Jordanian WROs and CSOs based on their needs and demands. Through a proposed grant funding structure that intends to provide core funding to CSOs and WROs, the WROs and CSOs will be established as partners for change. The project will support the CSOs to create a WPS community of practice, and apply a complexity-sensitive monitoring, reporting, evaluation, and learning approach that will strengthen the evidence base, and support adaptation. GFP is a leading global non-profit peacebuilding organisation, with HQ in Amman. GFP directly implements work on the pivotal role women play in conflict management, conflict resolution, and sustainable peace in Jordan. GFP has trained a network of 3,193 female and male youth to lead programming and cascade knowledge to 9,228 vulnerable youth, positively impacting the lives of around 50,000 community members across all 12 governorates.

Louise Quy, Managing Director of Chemonics UK, said “We are delighted to have been selected by the FCDO to undertake this important work in Jordan. Evidence shows us that local voices, especially those of women, are crucial to creating positivity and a change narrative around the subjects of peace and security. We look forward to making a positive impact on the lives of all Jordanians.”

Banner image caption: The Tamasok team, Generations for Peace representatives, Jordanian Women Rights Organisations and FCDO officials at the programme’s launch event on 22 January.

For more information contact:

Akanshya Gurung, Senior Communications and Outreach Associate, Chemonics UK at agurung@chemonics.com

Oliver Paynel, Communications and Outreach Manager, Chemonics UK at opaynel@chemonics.com