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Membership and Networks


Also, Al-Urdun Al-Jadid Research Center is an active member in several national, regional and international networks. Those are categorized into three groups:


- Jordanian Forum for Social Responsibility (JFSR)

The forum was launched in the 1st national Jordanian CSR conference in March 2008.  This initiative serve as the first attempt at coordinating, institutionalizing and summoning the different practitioners of CSR together with the business associations, private sector entities, business men and women, and prominent CSR activists, all in one national forum


- The Jordanian Alliance for Freedom of Information and Transparency (JAFIT)

JAFIT  is an independent and voluntary endeavour that comprises CSOs, experts, and activists working in the field of law, media, and business. JAFIT objectives are promoting citizens' right to access information as a basic human right, and a prerequisite to exercising the freedom of opinion and expression; conducting coherent research, and a fundamental condition for achieving sustainable development, good governance and transparency.


- The Jordanian Civil Alliance for Democratic Elections (JOCADE)

In April 2007, UJRC created an alliance entitled “The Jordanian Civil Alliance for Democratic Elections”. JOCADE membership today stands at 50 Jordanian NGO’s.

- Union of Jordanian Publishers
The UJRC has been a member in the said union since 1997. In 2000, the Center's Director was elected deputy director of the Union of Jordanian Publishers.
The UJRC is also a member of the Union of Arab Publishers.

- Jordanian Scenarios 2020
In 2001, the UJRC Director is a member of the steering committee for this project, which was released by the government under the supervision of the Higher Council of Science and Technology.

- Jordan: Vision 2020
This endeavor was released by the Young Entrepreneurs Association (YEA), and it includes about 100 member companies and organizations. The UJRC is the first center to join this endeavor.

- National Committee Supporting Women in Parliamentary Elections
This committee was formed under the umbrella of the National Committee for Women's Issues and the Jordanian Hashemite Treasury. Its members are a number of leaders from nongovernmental organizations and women's organizations, as well as public figures. The aim of this committee is to define the shapes and programs in support of electing women in the parliamentary elections, which are supposed to take place in Autumn 2002. The UJRC has been a representative in this committee since its establishment in 2001.

Those working on the center's programs are also active in many national committees, organizations and endeavors that work in the fields of development, environment, human rights, arts, culture and other fields.


Arab and regional:


- Arab Coalition for Democracy, Development & Human Rights
The coalition was inaugurated by Al-Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation (GICDF) in 2008. Different Arab CSOs participated in the founding meeting in Tripoli. The coalition main objective is to promote the culture of democracy and human rights in the region.

- The Arab Freedom of Information Network (AFOINET)
AFOINET is a coalition of four Arab NGOs which was established in Casablanca in July 2008 and is dedicated to the defence and promotion of the fundamental right of access to information. AFOINET is open to new partners from civil society organisations, media, the business community and other independent freedom of information advocates. Its is managed by a secretariat based in Casablanca and is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative and implemented in conjunction with the University of California at San Diego’s Beyster Institute.

- The Civil Arab Network for Democracy and Reform (ISLAH)
This network launched by Al Urdun Al Jadid Research Center is aimed at fostering a civil Arab network for the development of Democracy and Reform. This network was a by product of the Amman Declaration of Political and Electoral Reform. The Amman Declaration was promulgated by the Civil Society Forum in the Arab World. The Forum too place in Amman in December 2004. Twelve civil society representatives participated in the Forum. The twelve representative were from twelve different Arab countries.

- The Arab Network for Civil Organizations
The conceptual framework of this network was first discussed in the Second Arab Civil Society Conference that took place in Cairo in 1997. The network was officially introduced and launched in 2000. This network is currently composed of more than a thousand Arab civil society representatives, experts, researchers, representatives of regional and international organizations. The ultimate goal of this network is to increase cooperation between Arab civil society organizations. In addition, the network seeks to increase the functional capacity of these organizations. Prince Talal Bin Abd Al Aziz is the head of the board of trustees.


- Arab Network for Democratic Development (ANDD)
The Center's Director is currently the head of the network, which launched its endeavor in Amman in 1996 in a meeting that gathered the main Arab organizations working in the fields of human rights, monitoring parliamentary elections, and democratic development. This network was formed in Cairo two years later. However, the network suffers from lack of financial resources and weak work trends within the framework of Arab networks.

- Arab Social Sciences Research (ASSR)
This is an electronic network for Arab research centers working on social science rights. The Ford Foundation funded this network, which was launched in the end of the Nineties, and gathers electronic sites for many Arab centers. Currently, the net contents are being transformed into Arabic after being displayed in the English language for years.

- Arab Institute for Studies and Communication (AISC)
This is registered as a company gathering 14 organizations for studies and researchers in 4 Arab countries: Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine. Dr. Sa'ad Eddine Ibrahim lead the organization during its first stage until his arrest in the end of 2000, and the closure of Ibn Khaldoun Center. The acting director at the moment is Dr. Mustafa Hamarneh, Director of Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan. The organization also has a board of directors. Four individuals from Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine were running the daily work of the organization.
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- Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN)
The UJRC is one out of 46 member organizations in this network, which was launched four years ago. The EMHRN works in the field of promoting human rights in countries located in the Mediterranean Basin, and it protects the rights of colonies, Arab minorities, and workers migrating to European countries. The network holds a committee meeting once a year, organizes workshops and training courses, and releases a periodical electronic bulletin.

- Network for Euro-Mediterranean Research and Study Centers (EUROMESCO)
The UJRC joined this network only lately in February 2002. The EUROMESCO gathers a number of research centers working on the two banks of the Mediterranean.

- Mediterranean Development Forum (MDF)
The MDF is a partnership between ten research centers in the Arab Middle East, Turkey, Iran, and North Africa. It was formed with cooperation from the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and with the support of other donors, in order to create a regional growth forum to enroot development in the region, and to contribute in crystallizing various shapes of cooperation between the countries in the region, being the platform to launch efforts and networks joining cooperative organizations in the various countries in the region.
The UJRC has been a member in this partnership since the beginning of 2001, and is the hosting partner for MDF4 in Amman, Jordan, October, 2002

A global network of nongovernmental organizations working in development. Its location is in the Tunisian capital, and it has an Arabic program for nongovernmental organizations in the Arab World. Jordan has been a member in this network since 1993.

The UJRC is forming trust cooperation relations with a number of research centers in the Gulf and Middle East regions.




- Electronic Network for Arab West Understanding (ENAWU)

The Electronic Network for Arab-West Understanding (ENAWU) project started in August 2007 with the help of a grant from the Anna Lindh Foundation.
The project links an international network of archives and organizations with the specific purpose to foster relations and dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims and to provide access to accurate, credible and reliable information.
A specialized web-portal with search engine available to scholars, researchers, students, journalists and other interested groups and individuals around the world.



- Web Access for Civil Society Initiatives (WACSI)

The WACSI project has been initiated by the Southwest Institute for Religion and Civil Society (SIRCS) at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and the Cooperative Monitoring Center (CMC) at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). Funding for the WACSI project comes primarily from the Office of the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the US Department of State.
The goal of the WACSI project is to develop Internet-based systems for sharing information among organizations that are working on societal reform initiatives in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Syria.




- ACE Electoral Knowledge Network

The ACE Electoral Knowledge Network provides comprehensive and authoritative information on elections, promotes networking among election-related professionals and offers capacity development services.
ACE is a joint endeavor of eight partner organizations , all long-term supporters of the Administration and Cost of Elections Project and leaders in the provision of targeted technical assistance in elections management.




- The World Movement for Democracy (WMD)
The UJRC cooperates with the WMD, which gather hundreds of activists and nongovernmental organizations working in democratic development in the world. The WMD held two conferences in New Delhi, India, and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil during 2000 and 2001.

- Network of Democracy Research Institutes
In 2002, the UJRC joined a new network of research centers working for empowering democracy on an international level.
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