USAID Civic Initiatives Support Program

Success Stories


Success Story:
Ceramics that transform lives


Ceramics that transform lives

Disi Women Cooperative started their ceramic workshop back in 2010 as a means to provide economic empowerment opportunities for women in this southern region of Jordan where few women enter the work force and instead stay at home except for those who go to school. Despite the high turnover of staff, due primarily to external pressures related to marriage and family obligations, the Cooperative succeeded in creating a space for women to learn a skill and gain an income. However, the quality of the products were not up-to-par due to lack of equipment as well as little experience in design and marketing.

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Success Story:
Ma’an Youth Promote Change for their Communities


Ma’an Youth Promote Change for their Communities

"Organizations come to Ma’an, conduct an activity and leave... there is no continuity of work and the youth here need a focal point that brings opportunities to them. This is how the idea of Al Qantara was born," explains Rakan Alrowwad, founder of Al Qantara Center for Human Resources Development. This youth-led civil society organization is unique in this southern governorate, providing a platform for youth empowerment that breaks the prevailing stereotype of Ma’an as a secluded area where conservatism and tribalism prevail while rule of law takes a back seat.

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Case Studay:
Integrated management of Aqaba coast advances both economic opportunities and environmental protection


Integrated management of Aqaba coast advances both economic opportunities and environmental protection

“Aqaba is the only harbor city in Jordan with 27 kilometers of shores that are already divided for usage between investments, ports and a limited public area. The sea is being managed by different entities like Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA)and the Ports corporation for commercial use, but the Royal Jordanian Navy has the ultimate control of the sea since it falls within their jurisdiction for guarding and authorizing activities in the Jordanian coast. Many stakeholder’s daily work is linked to the sea, and every entity see their rights to sea usage aside from the others. The accidents in the sea are on the rise due to boats and ship traffic, the inappropriate conditions on public beaches are presenting profound hazards on the public and the rise of investments is affecting the marine environment.

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