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GAM, UNDP hold panel discussion on downtown Amman community initiatives

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GAM, UNDP hold panel discussion on downtown Amman community initiatives. (Photo: Handout from UNDP)
AMMAN — The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), has facilitated a participatory panel discussion on community-led initiatives which being implemented in downtown Amman, as part of “the Heart of Amman” Program. اضافة اعلان

Funded by Japan and implemented by the UNDP in collaboration with GAM and in partnership with the Business Development Center (BDC) and the National Microfinance Bank, the Hearts of Amman program aims at improving the socioeconomic conditions of vulnerable individuals and communities through providing income generating opportunities and enhancing social cohesion, a statement from UNDP said.

The meeting was attended by Hatem Hamlan, GAM deputy city manager for community development, a number of GAM area managers, UNDP and BDC representatives, as well as project participants and community members, according to the statement.

The meeting served as an opportunity to ensure all voices are heard and taken into account and to embrace the active roles of community members. The objective of the meeting was to strengthen partnership and cooperation between GAM and the program partners and, harnessing GAM’s critical role in ensuring the alignment and sustainability of the program’s activities and city resilience overall, according to the statement.

During the meeting, the partners presented the progress achieved to date and provided a detailed outline of the community-led initiatives. This was followed by a discussion on the important role of GAM in supporting and guiding the initiatives as well as that of the CBOs in ensuring their relevance and sustainability. The partners also highlighted future plans and opportunities for advancing the cultural and social development of the targeted areas.

Silke Handley, team leader of the Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Livelihoods Unit at UNDP, stressed the importance of adopting an area-based and localized approach to development, and emphasized the crucial role of GAM in supporting the implementation of UNDP’s programs and activities that aim to improve the livelihoods of marginalized community members in downtown Amman. 

The Heart of Amman Program targets unemployed youth between the ages of 18 and 40, who are not enrolled in any educational or vocational training programs. The total number of beneficiaries targeted is 200, of which 50 per cent are women and 10 per cent are persons with disabilities, according to the statement.

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