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EU supports CSOs in promoting Human Rights.

AMMAN (Star)AuJordan started benefiting from the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) program in 2005: So far, 34 civil society organizations (CSOs) have been supported, for an overall amount of AC5.4 million. A call for proposals was launched on July 1, 2008, and 30 applications were received out of which 10 projects were selected by the European Commission (EC) Delegation upon quality criteria of financial and operational capacity, relevance, methodology, sustainability and cost-effectiveness. The procedure resulted in granting a total amount of AC1.7 million to 10 CSOs projects placed under the EIDHR umbrella. Selected projects, fitting to Jordanian specificities, will support initiatives aiming at consolidating the democratic process (support to the parliamentary work, womenAAEs political participation, dissemination of a human rights education among youth). The EC shares the Jordanian governmentAAEs belief that sustainable development and stability cannot be achieved without a strong and responsible civil society with more involvement into the Jordanian political and social life. The EC shares the GovernmentAAEs recent declaration of the need to further involve the civil society in the decision-making process, and supports a sustainable and fruitful dialogue between State and non-State actors. During the a launching ceremony on March 3 at the EC Delegation premises in Amman, Ambassador Patrick Renauld said, AoMy key message to the Jordanian public is that the civil society does not represent a political opposition; it represents a great source of creativity and dynamism that can contribute to the development of your country from all perspectives,Ao adding, AoWe, the European Commission, trust that CSOs in Jordan are capable to identify challenges and propose innovative solutions to them.Ao The launching ceremony took place in the presence of the 10 awarded CSOs: Arab Woman Organization, al-Hayat Center for Civil Society Organization, Italian Consortium of Solidarity, Women for Cultural Development, Jordanian Women Union, CDFJ, Community Media Center, Information and Research Center/King Hussein Foundation, Noor Al-Hussein Foundation/Institute for Family Health and Adaleh

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Publication:The Star (Amman, Jordan)
Date:Mar 9, 2009
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