Improve quality and equity of education provision for all early grade primary school children in Jordan and improve refugee children’s psychosocial well being and social cohesion between Syrian refugees and host community children.
Contributing to shared prosperity and development through projects which support improvements in young people's education, strengthen English language teaching and encourage collaboration between citizens and the state.
Strengthening social capital and reducing tensions between Jordanian host communities and Syrian refugees, Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (CSSF)UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
Working across Jordan in 18 locations, the project aims to provide stability and cohesion at the local level by increasing the capacity of community leaders and community based organisations to better identify sources of tension and conflict and respond to them through social projects and small scale infrastructure.
To promote economic development and opportunities in Jordan for the benefit of both Jordanians and Syrian refugees. This programme will attract new inward investment and open up economic markets for Jordanian goods and services, creating new jobs for Jordanians and Syrian refugees as set out in the Jordan Compact. The programme will also help Jordanian hosts maintain their resilience and economic stability.
Jordan Compact Education Programme - Transforming life chances of a generation of children through educationUK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
JCEP supports the Government of Jordan to fulfill landmark commitments made at the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference. The Compact agreed a new approach to addressing the protracted refugee crisis and includes a commitment that all children in Jordan regardless of their nationality will have access to quality education in a safe inclusive and tolerant environment.
Municipal Services and Social Resilience Program (Phase II of JESSRP), Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (CSSF)UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
Support Jordanian municipalities and host communities address the impacts felt on municipal services (such as solid waste management, community spaces and health related infrastructure) as a result of the Syrian crisis. The project also aims to implement activities that respond to community needs, contribute to employment generation and improvements in socio-economic conditions of specific communities whilst strengthening governance structures and support local governments.
Research Objectives: The project will lead to a transformative new science of shelter design based on multi-criteria optimisation that puts the social well being, health and thermal comfort of the shelter occupants at the center of the design process and allows an agile response. It uses the current shelter occupants as part of the research team, rather than just a cohort to study. Our research objectives (RO) are: RO1: Complete the largest ever uniform linked thermal, air quality, and social environment study in camps around the world. Collect the views of camp occupants and aid agencies on possible shelter improvements and limitations. (These will form the seed points in the multi-objective process.) RO2: Create an optimisation process that will seek to improve living conditions, reducing mortality and morbidity in displacement camps through the creation of low-cost, easy to construct housing that moderates extremes of temperature while providing the space required for dignified living and customary domestic and intra-community relations. RO3: Prototype, measure, and develop shelter solutions using novel combinations of conventional and non-conventional materials appropriate for a range of climatic, social, political, and economic conditions. RO4: Create a methodology for the progressive creation of new designs as technologies change, new disasters occur and further data is collected by all actors in the sector, including supporting software. RO5: Develop a two-way process of design exchange suitable for working with displaced people who may have suffered personal and societal breakdown. Output Objectives: 1. First in class survey of this depth completed covering temperatures, social attitude, air quality and lighting in refugee camps. 2. International Repository of Shelter Data created for all those in the field to deposit their raw and processed data, time series etc., both new and historic. 3. Comfort theory expanded into a new, and until now understudied, population. 4. Validated thermal, air quality, and lighting models of common shelter types. Science of shelter design initiated. 5. Twenty possible shelter designs created, all developed to construction detail. All developed with input from aid agencies and refugees 6. Six designs constructed in UK to test construction times; then in climate chamber to validate modelling; then on site in Jordan. 7. Validated, easy to use shelter design tool, tested in use, distributed worldwide. 8. Finalisation of a new transformative approach to transitional shelter design based on robust thermal and social measurement, computer modelling, input from camp occupants, test data from our climate chamber, and test construction trials all of which will be subsequently monitored and measured by testing in real camps.
Upper limb loss can have devastating results for the individual, particularly when people are already surviving at a subsistence level. Demand for upper limb prostheses due to conflict and road traffic accidents is high in lower and middle income countries (LMICs), but provision is very poor, depending on costly imported components and scarce, poorly trained prosthetic services; maintenance is a major challenge. R&D in upper limb prosthetics has largely focused on electrically powered, multi-dof devices, which come at a prohibitively high cost and offer limited functional benefits. We will therefore revisit the neglected area of body powered (BP) prostheses. Such devices are potentially simple to manufacture and maintain, offer significant functional restoration; but are currently too costly, uncomfortable, and suffer from unresolved design issues. The primary goal is to design and test a low-cost BP prosthesis, optimised for LMICs, and establish local methods for fabrication, fitting and evaluation. We also aim to develop novel complementary technologies for adoption in the longer term. To achieve this, our objectives include: - Investigate LMIC user needs, cultural constraints, clinical and manufacturing resources. - Develop a specification for a BP prosthesis, optimised for LMICs, by exploring the influence of key functional properties on functionality, usability & real-world use. - Design, manufacture and test a new device that restores a high level of functionality, is culturally acceptable, and is well suited to LMIC prescription, manufacture and fitting. - Explore highly novel approaches to realising a step change in BP prosthesis performance that will benefit all upper-limb amputees globally as well as those in LMICs. - Develop a digital toolbox for evaluating the impact of prosthetic provision on amputees' lives, and thus evaluate the impact of the new prosthesis in Jordan and Uganda. - Develop an implementation toolkit, including training resources and a platform for knowledge exchange on prescription, manufacture, fitting and clinical support.
The Newton Fund's primary objective is to reduce poverty by generating and putting into use knowledge and technology to address development challenges and advance development for the poorest people and countries. We will seek to maximise the practical impact of research and innovation to improve the lives and opportunities of the global poor. In achieving this we will grow the research and innovation capacity of developing countries, as well as contributing to the continued strength of the UK’s research and innovation system, and support our wider prosperity and global influence.
This programme contributes to strengthening Jordan’s political stability with more accountable and transparent governance, stronger rule of law, an effective legal system and improved record of human rights. It seeks to achieve this through the following strands: (1) The Municipal Services and Social Resilience Programme Project which strengthens state capacity by making municipal governments more capable and accountable in delivering services to Jordanian and Syrian residents and so reducing the risk of tensions both within communities and directed against the state. (2) Reducing community tensions and strengthening citizen-government dialogue by delivering conflict-management techniques and essential infrastructure. (3) Strengthening decentralised governance by building the effectiveness of Parliament, citizens and civil society. (4) An intervention to strengthen the rule of law, including supporting implementation of the recommendations made by the Royal Commission on Judicial Reform.
This programme aims to contribute to a reduction in internal security threats in Jordan by engaging in the following areas: (1) Support to the strategic direction and implementation of Jordanian policing reform. (2) Support the Government of Jordan’s Youth Strategy by building on previously approved resilience enhancing psychosocial activities. (3) Aims to integrate a gender-based approach towards women’s participation in prevention and protection processes during conflicts, as well as in peace building and maintaining stability and sustainable security. This is an ODA and non-ODA integrated programme. The spend reported against this programme is the ODA element alone.
Assistance in line with UK objectives on Chevening Scholarships in Jordan which enables students to pursue postgraduate study at UK higher education institutions, returning to contribute to the development of their home country
Assistance in line with UK objectives on Supporting Human Rights, Democracy and the Rules based International System in Jordan which helps build prosperous and democratic countries, tackles the drivers of instability and insecurity, and addresses global challenges
To deliver life-changing activities to address basic protection needs of 62,167 of the most vulnerable Jordanians and refugees including Syrians in a way that promotes sustainability and resilience and which also builds the capacity of local actors
Assistance in line with UK objectives on diplomatic activity in Jordan which supports residual activity under the Combatting Corruption programme from financial year 2017/18
To provide essential services to Palestine Refugees from Syria in Jordan through contributing to UNRWA's Syria Emergency Appeal
This project will build capacity in the prehistoric archaeology of Jordan within the academic and cultural resource management community, supporting Jordanian led prehistoric research and ensuring that international research collaborations take place on a peer to peer basis. Within Jordan this will be particularly important, localising prehistoric research and giving greater voice to Jordanian narratives. This will help mobilise prehistory as part of Jordan's heritage, promoting public engagement and developing domestic tourism. The promotion of prehistory will stress the relationship between ancient developments and modern intangible heritage, in particular the skills in animal management and pastoralist life ways, the relationship with primary domesticated agricultural products and food, and the development of village culture, all of which resonate with traditional Bedouin and Fellahin heritage. To achieve this aim, the project will: Establish the Faynan Centre for Prehistoric Research: This will be a facility for both the Jordanian and international research communities, ensuring that post-excavation analyses of prehistoric finds are more often conducted within Jordan. In addition to providing a practical base for research work, the Centre will ensure that Jordanian archaeologists can work within the core of international research programmes, and provide training and employment opportunities for research assistants within Jordan. The Centre will be located in the (presently unoccupied) upper floor of the recently opened Department of Antiquities museum in Wadi Faynan, southern Jordan. The Centre will provide both laboratory and accommodation facilities. The laboratory will be fitted with robust and low maintenance equipment to facilitate a range of key post excavation analyses in a safe and secure environment. The laboratory will include an IT infrastructure as well as a range of microscopes and digital imaging equipment. Provide training in Prehistoric Research: The project will design and develop a suite of eight one-week, residential training courses to develop the skills and knowledge base to assist Jordanian scholars to re-write the (pre)history of Jordan through archaeological discoveries. The training courses will be held in the Faynan Centre for Prehistoric Research. Each course will feature training staff from both UK and Jordanian academic and professional archaeological communities. Trainees will be comprise DOA staff and early career researchers from Jordanian Universities. Each course will include hands on training, theory, site visits and a review of literature and will cater for 6 trainees. Through training DoA staff in Jordanian prehistory, the project will assist in the management and conservation of Jordan's unique cultural heritage, developing a suite of protocols for the management of Jordan's prehistoric heritage. This will allow the DoA to better deploy Jordanian prehistory as a cultural and economic asset within the theme of cultural heritage in sustainable growth, with an immediate impact by developing a sustainable cultural heritage facility in a relatively impoverished part of Jordan. The project will also: Support digitisation and the use of technology in the interpretation, presentation, and conservation of cultural heritage by providing training in digital imaging. This will have immediate impact through its practical application on open days and through project publications. Support local community engagement in prehistory by providing training, local employment opportunities, popular publication and open days. Many of the local community have been employed in archaeological fieldwork; this research will showcase the results of their work. Promote and popularise prehistoric research more widely through open days, production of a non-academic book, and use of targeted media outreach. This will help this world-class heritage serve both cultural and economic purposes.
The main objectives of this project are: 1) To strengthen the local stewardship of the cultural heritage resources of Tall Dhiban by enhancing their economic and social value to residents of the modern town of Dhiban. 2) To improve the presentation and amenity value of the site of Tall Dhiban so that it is both better preserved and more easily interpretable, hence increasing potential visitorship and making the site more accessible to local residents of Dhiban. 3) To encourage and document local historical perspectives on the relationships between the town, the tell and the Bani Hamida tribe as a means of facilitating positive social change, enhancing social cohesion, enhancing local ownership of, and responsibility for, cultural heritage resources and driving economic growth. 4) To build capacity for the design and execution of public history projects within Jordan by training Jordanian university students and school teachers in appropriate methods 5) To build capacity for cultural heritage site evaluation, management and presentation by training Jordanian university students in appropriate methods. 6) To build local capacity for sustainable site management (i.e. low-cost/ high resilience) by training local residents in basic evaluation, cleaning and conservation techniques for dry-laid stone architecture. 7) To trial and evaluate methods by which local historical perspectives can be effectively translated and integrated with archaeological research in site interpretive materials to offer more complex and nuanced historical representations to site visitors. 8) To transform current academic understandings of tell formation and long-term settlement histories by incorporating the histories of the modern residents of such sites. Tells are sites where the past and present are always co-present and are only artificially partitioned into purified sequences. Symmetrically incorporating stories of recent settlement on, or adjacent, to these mounds requires a conception of tells as sites that are still in formation and of a past that is growing and enduring into the future. In practical terms we plan to meet these objectives by: i) Developing a site management plan and training Hashemite University students in the processes involved; cleaning the site surface and establishing visitor pathways, carrying out basic architectural consolidation and training local residents in the methods used, researching and producing interpretive text and images that can be presented on bilingual (Arabic/ English) signs for the benefit of local and external visitors to the site and training Hashemite University students in the processes involved. ii)Developing a schools-based public history project in Dhiban, as well as training student assistants from Mutah University in the method and theory of public history. This project will culminate in a "History Festival" where resources for local narratives of the town tell and tribe will be 'harvested' and then turned over to the residents of Dhiban. Materials from this public history project will be incorporated into the text and images developed for on-site signs as well as other interpretive materials.
The Living Museum of Umm Qais: Sustainable preservation, analysis and virtual reconstruction of Gadara's ancient site and villageUK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
The proposed project aims to record, preserve, and analyse the endangered and multi-layered heritage site of Umm Qais including the Ottoman village houses, tracing their origins and materials to ancient Gadara's plan. It will develop a coherent understanding of the distinctive layers of the Greek, Roman and Ottoman heritage and more recent cultural heritage practices and products. The project looks not only on the archaeological and physical fabric of Umm Qais but also on ways to enhance the local community's socio-cultural engagement with the site through skills development and capacity building in digital heritage and tourism enterprise, with the ultimate aim to raise the profile of the site and make it economically sustainable. Our interdisciplinary research team brings pioneering scientific research and innovative methods into using digital and virtual heritage technologies to record, preserve and disseminate the site's archaeological features and historic significance to the local, national and international tourism community and as a catalyst for 'Decent Work and Economic Growth' (UN SDG 8). The project will specifically address UN SDG 2030 target on devising and implementing policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products. It will inform the sustainable preservation of the site, fostering novel economic opportunities, and design an effective public engagement platform for local communities. The key research question is: "How effective is the integration of archaeological research, LiDAR scanning, and virtual technologies in synthesising novel and evidence-based findings on historical evolution and conditions of Umm Qais' heritage and guiding a community-led sustainable development strategy that will re-engage community members, attract global tourism and shape dynamic economy around heritage and tourism enterprises?"As such, the proposed research has four main objectives that will: a) undertake archival and archaeological research on the history and architecture of the Ottoman Houses and Central Gadara. We will use material analysis techniques mapping history, components and spatial structure of the ancient city. Fieldwork surveys will also identify elements at risk for priority protection and conservation. b) develop and implement a customised methodology for accurate 3D laser scanning and digital survey, to record, analyse and virtually model the archaeological site, its current conditions and historical evolution over time. This method will encompass 3D laser scanning, 3D sound recording, structural analysis, and form a critical digital database of the site's archaeological assets. c) attempt to produce a credible spatial layout of ancient Gadara and Ottoman houses overlaying archaeological, spatial data, and satellite imaging on a custom-designed ArcGIS model. This will be used to develop a virtual heritage experience and knowledge platform for Umm Qais heritage through Interactive visualisation, educational infographics and virtual trials of both settlements to raise the awareness of the site's significance as a critical part of a sustainable tourism strategy. d) train and engage local community members and young people in documenting and recording the socio-cultural history and living stories of the Umm Qais local community and residents. This will not only facilitate skill-training for early career researchers, but it will build capacity amongst the local community to establish own social, and private enterprises and start-ups that contribute to income generation, active economy and tourism industry.
Faynan is an impoverished region of southern Jordan. It has a remarkable landscape of archaeology that has received more than 40 years of research, principally by UK, US and German research teams. The Department of Antiquities, supported by the AHRC funded 'Discovering WF16' (AH/P005594/1) project, has begun to develop a local museum with the joint aims of developing eco-tourism to generate income into the local community for sustainable development, and build community engagement with the museum for social cohesiveness and well-being. The objective of the 'Our Past, Our Future, All Together in Faynan' project is to make a significant contribution to this task: to build community engagement with the Faynan Museum and facilities for eco-tourism to support social cohesiveness, individual well-being and sustainable economic development in Faynan. This will be achieved via six work packages, each with their own objectives and of equal priority: Objective and WP1: To re-design the museum by working with the Faynan community to co-create the gallery space to include representation of the last 100 years of Faynan's history. The current exhibition ends abruptly at the Ottoman period, inadvertently implying that the 'past is the past', having played no role in shaping the present day community, economy, politics and landscape. It also fails to record the character and diversity of lifestyles in Faynan throughout the last century, these now rapidly being lost from memory. Objective and WP2: To facilitate members of the local community to tell their own history and stories about Faynan in their own way, and represent this within the museum. The current exhibition tells the story of Faynan entirely from an external, western and academic perspective. It fails to provide an account of Faynan's history from the local community itself. What are their stories about Faynan? How are the stories of each tribe different from each other? What are their views about key events of the past that have shaped their present? How might the museum present their own view of history to themselves, their children, neighbours and visitors to Faynan? Objective and WP3: To support the six schools in Faynan to develop an awareness and understanding of Faynan's cultural heritage, to provide educational resources and activities at the Faynan Museum, and to use these for teaching and learning across the curriculum. Objective and WP4: To connect the museum to the landscape by installing information boards at a further 20 archaeological sites, ensuring these are discretely placed so as not to interfere with the natural landscape of Faynan and the walking experience it provides. One of the purposes of the museum exhibition is to guide visitors and members of the local community to sites in the landscape where there would be such discretely placed information boards. Because of previous limitations of funding, these have only been established for three of the 30 most significant archaeological sites in Faynan. Objective and WP5: To make the cultural heritage of Faynan accessible to those unable to visit archaeological sites in its remote locations or to visit Faynan at all. This will make use of photogrammetry to document and make accessible a sample of Faynan's archaeological sites and artefacts via digital display in the museum and on the Faynan Heritage website. Objective and WP6: To enable the museum to become a community hub by designing social and play space for adults and children in its immediate vicinity. In Faynan we need to counter the idea of a museum as a building that houses relics of the past only to be visited for educational matters. While such a museum might be valuable for short-term visitors to Faynan, and be appropriate for relatively affluent local communities, a museum of this type can only make a limited contribution to sustainable development in regions of economic deprivation.