Launched under the Enhanced Productivity Program of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC), Qudorat aims at strengthening the institutional capacities of non-governmental Community Based Organizations (CBOs), enabling them to manage and execute socio-economic programs efficiently and effectively. The Program, which commenced in April 2007 and extended over 24 months, was implemented by JRF, in cooperation with partners, namely; Pro-group and the Arab Foundation for Sustainable Development (AFSD). Targeted areas are located within the governorates of Irbid, Ajlun, Jerash, Balqa, Ma'an, and Aqaba.
Main components of program implementation included:
- Selection of over 60 CBOs based on set criteria and conditions.
- Provision of an intensive capacity building training program for the selected CBOs.
- Selection of 40 empowered CBOs based on a competitive process and the awarding of grants to support the implementation of feasible income generating projects in the targeted areas.
JRF followed what proved to be a successful methodology by partnering with both the local community and the private sector. Additional funding for other projects was also attained from donors, such as USAID/ Jordan Tourism Development II Project (Siyaha II) and the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA).
Qudorat II achieved several successes that include:
- 37 operational projects employing around 316 people, of whom 151 are females.
- A 15% increase in CBO membership.
- CBO contribution that reached 120% of the total cost of their projects
- Two youth-led initiatives implemented through two of Qudorat’s beneficiary CBOs.
The total budget of the program from MoPIC was increased from JD2 million to reach approximately JD4 million, as a result of networking with additional partners.