United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF began its co-operation programs in Jordan in 1952 by providing aid to women and children. It later extended its operations throughout the country by expanding its programs to include health, nutrition and education. The goal of the current cycle (2008-2012) is to support national efforts in realizing the rights of children, with particular focus on building national capacities to address adolescent participation and empowerment, young child survival and development, protection of children from violence and abuse, and protection of children's rights.

UNICEF Programs in Jordan

1. Young Child Survival and Development (YCSD)

This program aims to:

  • Increase by 15% the number of families adopting appropriate child care practices to enhance child development.
  • Increase by 30% of the number of infant and children under five having access to Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) services.
  • Achieve comprehensive Early Childhood Development (ECD) legislation and government policies, guided by evidence founded on the Early Learning and Development Standards framework.

The program’s components will be implemented through two interrelated and mutually reinforcing projects: the Early Childhood Policy and Quality Care for the Young Child.

2. Child Protection

  • The overall goal of this program is to achieve the following results:
  • Aligning policy and legal frameworks related to child rights with international standards.
  • Increasing by 30% of the number of children having access to child-abuse detection and referral services in the health system.
  • Ensuring that 25% of children in conflict with the law are benefiting from restorative justice approaches, and are being reintegrated into their families and communities.

 The program’s components will be implemented through two interrelated projects:  the Legislative and Policy Development and Children at Risk.

3. Adolescent Participation and Empowerment

  • The program aims at achieving the following results:
  • Establishing an officially endorsed national youth strategy.
  • Setting plans of action based on the endorsed strategy in the Higher Council for Youth, Ministry of Education, Health and Social Development.
  • Training of young boys and girls on knowledge about key areas of basic life skills and healthy life styles.
  • Training of service providers who are implementing youth projects that meet a set of criteria for participatory gender sensitive projects.
  • Involving young boys and girls aged 10-19 years in participation structures.
  • Identification of at risk children in three governorates that are involved in innovative home, school and community based interventions for adolescent development and participation.

4. Community Development

The program aims to contribute to the emergence of a national approach to community led social development through the harmonization of development approaches in the country. As UNICEF’s main partner, the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation is adopting UNICEF’s Community Empowerment approach in one of UNICEF’s pilot areas. The Components of the Community Development Program are:

  • National Networking for Community Development: ensuring coordination and coherence in approaches to community development by all partner agencies by the end of 2007.
  • Community Development at the Governorate Level: ensuring the establishment of participatory integrated community-based development structures in 15 communities in 3 governorates.

5. The National Movement for Children and Monitoring of Rights Program

This Program works on:

  • Ensuring that the status of both children and women remains high on the national agenda effecting policy and behavior change.
  • Dealing with effectively mobilizing media and decision makers to ensure that mechanisms and channels of information and communication are in place. Particular emphasis is on information related to the World Fit for Children document, UNSSC follow-up action, and organizational priorities.
  • Engaging the private sector and donor community to contribute in funds to support identified program priorities.
  • Working with the government and other partners in monitoring the situation of children and women.  This is done in cooperation with key partners like the Ministry of Planning, the Jordanian Department of Statistics, the National Council for Family Affairs and other scientific and research institutions. Monitoring the situation of children and women is done through supporting key studies, and the preparation of reports (for national and international use).

Volume of Assistance

The current Country Program for the years (2008 – 2012) has an estimated US$6,000 in financial resources. UNICEF's delivery in the country has reached US$1,200 in 2008 and US$ 1,200 in 2009.

 






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