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Reform Process in Jordan
Why we need a credible reform process - Jordan's biggest challenges

Jordan must seem to the rest of the world like a welcome refuge from the violence engulfing many of the countries around it. But if you scratch at the surface a little, you will find a country facing major challenges from all sides.

Dr. Mohamed Abo Roman

Dr. Mohamed Abo Roman

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The strategy of the Arab World Center for Democratic Development - UniHRD in cooperation with Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung is to work on topics that are discussing the current political situation in Jordan, topics people are interested in, to give them the opportunity to express their opinions and to ensure that they have a true vision about their country. 

Jordan's resilience speaks volumes about the leadership and its people - but in reality, regional instability and continued domestic pressures mean the country has serious weaknesses and vulnerabilities. The goal of the workshop titled ' Why we need a credible reform process - Jordan's biggest challenges', which took place from August 4 - 5, 2018 in Irbid was

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- to discuss how Jordan struggle to meet the challenges of a modern economy

- to discuss the challenges on internal and external levels

- to convey a comprehensive understanding of the purpose of change by reviewing of previous policies which did not lead to the desired outcomes and by discussing the best path towards success

- to discuss the mechanisms for reducing corruption and spreading power and influence down to the masses with greater inclusion, especially amongst the youth

- to look for strong leadership, a clear long-term vision, strong decision-making and the determination to implement and learn along the way in order to achieve those outcomes

Discussion with participants

Discussion with participants

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Participants from all segments of society starting from decision-makers from various ministries (Ministry of Youth, Ministry of Political and Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Labour), Universities and representatives from the parliament as well as students from all over Jordan, journalists and representatives from civil society organisations took part and participated actively in the discussion.

On the one hand the workshop gave young people the opportunity to interact with decision-makers and to talk very free about their opinions, on the other hand they were able to assess the practice pressures on the decision-makers they have during their work.

Ulla Al-Shraideh - HSS; Dr. Mohamed Abo Roman, Dr. Amira Mostafa - UniHRD; Dr. Waleed Abo Dalboh - University of Jordan

Ulla Al-Shraideh - HSS; Dr. Mohamed Abo Roman, Dr. Amira Mostafa - UniHRD; Dr. Waleed Abo Dalboh - University of Jordan

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Among the biggest challenges discussed by the participants belong 'Unemployment' (where are the jobs?), 'The too little economic growth'; Full house - How many more refugees?', 'ISIS - The calm before the storm' and 'The Palestinian question'.

The workshop provided the participants with a spirit of determination not to be disappointed. It gave them the feeling that there is still hope and for the youth that there is someone who wants to listen to them and help to transfer their voice.