USAID CIS aimed to cultivate a strong and vibrant civil society in Jordan through supporting a broad range of civic initiatives. The five-year program (2013 – 2018) has been implemented by FHI360, a non-profit development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. USAID CIS worked at national, regional and local levels, to support civic initiatives and advocacy by responding to common interests, strengthening the organizational capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) and promoting the Government of Jordan-civil society collaboration efforts to address reform and development challenges.
New Tactics in Human Rights
New Tactics in Human Rights, a program of the Center for Victims of Torture, emerged as a creator of tactics, a leader of coalitions, and as a center that advocates for the protection of human rights from a unique position – one of healing and of reclaiming civic leadership. Since 1999, New Tactics has created unique resources – organized around the analysis of potential solutions rather than that of specific issues, geographic regions, or target groups – that allow activists to clearly recognize the unique elements of their situation, and to seek promising approaches that have worked elsewhere in order to apply them to new regions or issues. Since the program’s creation, human rights activists from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have participated in New Tactics in Human Rights activities, including regional workshops, an International Symposium, web-based discussions, publication development, and more. These activists encouraged New Tactics to provide more focused training and resources in the region. In 2009, New Tactics launched an initiative to support MENA human rights activists. Since its launch, New Tactics in Human Rights MENA has reached more than 2,145 human rights activists from over 305 organizations in 13 countries and provided subgrants to 16 organizations in seven countries to implement advocacy campaigns. New Tactics partnered with the USAID – CSP (2010 – 2013) and USAID – CIS (2014 – 2018) to provide training and mentoring in human rights-based advocacy using the Strategic Effectiveness Method. For more information: https://www.newtactics.org and https://www.cvt.org.