2013 – 2014
Jordan, Governorates of Amman, Irbid, Al Mafraq and Ma’an.
In response to problems arising in Jordan resulting from the influx of Syrian refugees, Human Relief Foundation (HRF) and Identity Centre (IC) developed and implemented an intensive conflict transformation capacity building project. The project, funded by the EU, provided training to eight Jordanian grassroots organisations enabling them to develop their conflict analysis and resolution skills, among others, as well as to assist Syrian refugees to integrate into the host community.
“This action is quite unique in Jordan and there are almost no other actors. There should be more actions like these.”
~Pascal Odul, EU Delegation in Amman
“… I learned and was introduced to many ideas that help me even now in organizing my thoughts and the way I think. I found the trainings and skills learnt very useful for me in my daily life, I feel much more confident and much more relaxed.”
~Samira Al Salaiemeh, Operation manager at Iskan Talal Association
The humanitarian crisis arising from the civil war in Syria has continued to escalate over the past years, both inside Syria and in the refugee-hosting neighbouring countries. With the influx of Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war, many problems and conflicts arose in Jordan between the Syrian refugee population and their host communities over resources, infrastructure, rent, jobs and cultural differences etc. In partnership and consultation with several local NGO`s, HRF found that Jordanian grassroots organizations lacked the capacity, experience and skills to prevent, address, and resolve those conflicts.
Human Relief Foundation (HRF) and Identity Centre (IC) developed and implemented an intensive conflict transformation capacity building project, funded by the EU to equip Jordanian grassroots organizations with the knowledge, skills and techniques required for them to understand, address, and resolve the conflicts arising between Jordanian host communities and Syrian refugees.
The project provided capacity building training and workshops for eight Jordanian grassroots and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Mafraq, Ma'an, Irbid, Ramtha, Amman, Rsayfeh and Zarqa. The capacity building training developed participants’ skills in conflict analysis, resolution, prevention and sensitivity. The project also provided necessary materials for local communities to practice and develop their skills and expertise to organize and improve their communities and to mitigate the cultural gaps with the Syrian refugees, helping them to integrate within the community.
The project empowered the staff of the participating CSOs, to feel more independent, confident and equipped to deal with conflict resolution. It created willing, eager, and committed conflict transformation and peacebuilding actors. After completion of the training, 73% of the participants had positive, and 20% very positive, satisfaction rates on the training. Effective partnership with the local NGO (IC) was also witnessed.
In addition, as part of the EU Instrument for Stability-funded project, Saferworld and Conciliation Resources partnered with HRF and IC to provide a space for local community actors, specifically community-based organisations (CBOs) and local municipalities, to identify sources of, and responses to tensions resulting from the influx of Syrian refugees in Jordan. This included training on the use of conflict analysis tools, as well as the undertaking of joint conflict analysis, in order to strengthen the capacities of local municipalities and CBOs to analyse strains and conflicts that emerge, and to work together collaboratively to identify solutions.