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Programme to prepare Syrians to contribute to rebuilding their country

By Khetam Malkawi - Mar 03,2016 - Last updated at Mar 03,2016

Spanish Ambassador to Jordan Santiago Cabanas Ansorena speaks at a meeting with Jordanian partner institutions in the 'Tahdir-Masar' programme in Amman, on Wednesday (Photo by Osama Aqarbeh)

AMMAN — Spanish Cooperation and the EU on Wednesday launched a new programme in Jordan that seeks to build the capacities of Syrians to enable them to actively contribute to the governance of their country during the post-conflict scenario.

The programme, "Tahdir-Masar" (preparation), launched in Amman will entail training 1,200 Syrians on issues that include rights, gender and social change communications.

“This programme is based on confidence [in] the Syrian people,” Spanish Ambassador to Jordan Santiago Cabanas Ansorena said. 

“I am confident that by sharing the experiences with their Jordanian and Spanish colleagues, they will acquire the tools necessary to... rebuild their country during the transition process,” the ambassador added.

At a meeting with Jordanian partner institutions, Cabanas Ansorena noted that Spain “works according to the priorities of the Jordanian government and what came in [the] Jordan Response Plan”.

“Nothing will be done if we are not working within these priorities,” he stressed.

The programme, according to a statement issued by Spanish Cooperation, will be implemented in cooperation with the University of Jordan’s Centre for Strategic Studies, the Jordanian National Forum for Women and the Arab Women Media Centre.

The programme is part of on an instrument for stability and peace of the EU, whose objective is to prepare the transition in Syria after the conflict. 

Spanish Cooperation, through the Spanish Cooperation Agency (AECID), will work to achieve this objective by focusing in Tahdir-Masar on civil society, especially women and their role in building peace, and the training of media in the planned period of two years and a half.

The programme will provide training and resources to Syrian citizens to strengthen social cohesion in order to achieve a peaceful, democratic and inclusive society in the country’s future.


AECID will contribute 1.5 million euros to the programme, which is funded by the EU with a similar amount. The project's expenditures are expected to reach 4 million euros.

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