Community Empowerment Program for Poverty Pockets Areas (phase I: 2005-2007 & Phase II: 2007-2009), previously called Local Development Program for Less-Privileged Areas (LDPLA) Phase I&II
Funded by the MoPIC, LDPLA l & ll target 26 areas in Jordan that are identified as poverty pockets. From these areas, the Foundation was assigned nine poverty pockets; three in the first phase, namely; Birein sub-district, Zarqa governorate; Hosha sub-district, Mafraq governorate; Deir Alla district, Balqa’a governorate; and six areas in the second phase, namely; Al Hashmiya district, Zarqa governorate; Ghor al Mazra’a, Karak governorate; Jafer sub-district, Husseiniya district; Mreigha sub-district, Ma'an Governorate; and Wadi Araba sub-district and Aqaba governorate. The program aims to raise the standard of living of the people living in these poverty pockets.
Major components of the program include building the capacity of the CBOs and locals in the target areas, establishing income-generating projects, providing revolving loan portfolios and supporting the infrastructure and basic services projects.
LDPLA phase I achievements
Three income-generating projects are up and running, namely;
- Commercial Complexes in Berein and Hosha
- A services complex with multi-purpose halls and swimming pool
- A five-room motel in Deir Alla.
Two infrastructure projects were completed for the benefit of Deir Alla Municipality and thereby for the local community. Projects included upgrading and maintaining the slaughtering house and providing it with refrigerated transport.
Capacity building and awareness raising for the beneficiary co-operatives and local communities were completed with the participation of 332 people, of whom 245 are female.
LDPLA phase II achievements
Participatory Strategic Planning Workshops: 307 community members and local authorities participated in Strategic Planning sessions, 121 of whom were female.
Field assessment for the CBOs in the six target areas for the selection of the project’s local partners.
Capacity building for 1930 participants from CBOs and community members, 1062 of whom were female. The overall number of training sessions was 80.
Awareness-raising sessions were conducted for the benefit of 706 community members, of whom 445 were female. The overall number of training sessions was 17.
Revolving loans portfolios were distributed to 721 beneficiaries, of whom 427 were female. This was achieved through 16 local CBOs, in addition to the Jordanian National Forum for Women.
Infrastructure and basic services support projects were completed. There were 67 projects, including: