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Princess Basma calls for wider youth involvement in JOHUD

By JT - Feb 11,2014 - Last updated at Feb 11,2014

AMMAN — HRH Princess Basma on Monday stressed the importance of developing the programmes and goals of the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) to achieve further success, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

During a meeting of the fund’s coordination committee, attended by JOHUD Executive Director Farah Daghistani, Princess Basma called for activating the role of women and youth committees and to take the fund’s goals and programmes to a higher level.

The princess stressed the importance of networking and launching partnerships with various parties to develop the fund and boost its achievements.

She urged recently formed work teams to look for projects and new ideas that meet the needs of the local community, boost the capabilities of women and young people, and foster voluntary and charitable work, Petra reported.

Princess Basma asserted the need for concerted efforts to deal with challenges facing fund centres and committees, such as its Madaba Centre.

She proposed that JOHUD’s various centres hold a ceremony that highlights the fund’s mission, its various centres across the Kingdom and their activities.

Established in 1977, JOHUD is an independent, leading nonprofit, non-governmental organisation, dedicated to promoting rights-based sustainable human development in Jordan and in the region, according to its website.

“Across Jordan and through a network of 50 community development centres, JOHUD helps people work together to improve livelihoods and ensure that everyone has access to the entitlements that contribute to healthy and fulfilled lives.”

In an interview with Farah Al Nas Radio after the meeting, Princess Basma said young people have an important and vital role in community development, stressing that their participation is the secret of success in development.

She highlighted the importance of providing an appropriate climate to invest in the potential of young people and increase their participation in the development process.

Jordanian youths should be given a chance to assume administrative positions at the fund’s centres through elections that would be conducted for this purpose, Princess Basma said.

At the meeting, the princess was briefed on the procedures to regulate the fund’s various units and centres.

Reem Zaben, the director of programmes and projects at JOHUD, presented a briefing on the work of three main teams.

The first focuses on improving people’s living conditions, while the second is concerned with environment and social safety, and the third works to safeguard rights and ensure wider participation, Zaben said.

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